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Species Cepphis decoloraria - Dark Scallop Moth - Hodges#6834

Dark Scallop Moth - Cepphis decoloraria Cepphis decoloraria #6834 - Cepphis decoloraria Dark Scallop Moth - Cepphis decoloraria - female Dark Scallop Moth - Cepphis decoloraria dark scallop moth - Cepphis decoloraria - male Dark Scallop Moth - Cepphis decoloraria dark scallop moth - Cepphis decoloraria Macaria ? - Cepphis decoloraria - male
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Ennominae
Tribe Anagogini
Genus Cepphis
Species decoloraria (Dark Scallop Moth - Hodges#6834)
Hodges Number
one of two species in this genus in North America; local and rare
wingspan 25-28 mm
forewing brownish-gray with wavy margin and dark gray band in median area; AM line thin, dark; black semicircular patch along outer margin near apex
hindwing similarly colored but with scalloped outer margin
some specimens (southern ones?) have conspicuous pale speckling in median area of both wings
Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Missouri, north to Manitoba
adults fly from May to September in the north (2 broods)
larvae feed on leaves of Rubus (raspberry etc.)
Life Cycle
two generations per year
See Also
Cepphis armataria is paler and its forewing margin is scalloped (compare images of both species)
Internet References
live adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
live adult image by Bob Patterson, and common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images of male and female (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
larval food plants; PDF doc plus flight season and life cycles (Macrolepidoptera of Mont Saint-Hilaire Region, McGill U., Quebec)
presence in Florida; list (Michael Thomas, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (CBIF)