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Species Idaea tacturata - Dot-lined Wave - Hodges#7122

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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 Sterrhinae
Tribe Sterrhini
Genus Idaea
Species tacturata (Dot-lined Wave - Hodges#7122)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Idaea tacturata – (Walker, 1861)
wingspan 13-21 mm
wings pearly white, almost translucent, with sparse or no speckling; forewing has four variably conspicuous thin brownish, dotted or zigzag lines that continue onto hindwing; PM line usually thickest; ST line usually overlaid with fine blackish dots; tiny black discal dot on all wings, and variable scattering of blackish scales
[adapted from description by Charles Covell]
Virginia to Florida(1), west to southeastern coastal Texas
Adults may be present year-round in the south.
Larvae have been reared on clover.
See Also
Lobocleta peralbata

Idaea ostentaria has large black discal spots, plus heavy speckling and grayish patches on the wings

Idaea obfusaria has larger black discal spots, and thick and diffuse pale yellowish-brown lines on the wings [not thin and sharp lines, as in tacturata]
Internet References
presence in South Carolina; map (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)