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Species Ianassa lignicolor - White-streaked Prominent - Hodges#8017

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Heterocampinae
Genus Ianassa
Species lignicolor (White-streaked Prominent - Hodges#8017)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Lacecapped Caterpillar
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ianassa lignicolor Walker, 1855
Exaereta lignigera Walker, 1865
Xylinodes virgata Packard, 1864
Explanation of Names
Ianassa lignicolor Walker, 1855, n. comb. in Miller et al. (2021) [cite:2095638159], was formerly in the genus Oligocentria.
Larva to 45 mm
Mature caterpillar blotched and mottled in green white and brown. "Dorsum of A1 drawn into forward-projecting horn. Head with characteristic mottling." (Wagner)(1) Early instars are gregarious, yellow in color.
Canada: NS to southern SK; USA: ME south to FL and west to MN and TX. [cite:2095638159]
Type locality (lignicolor): "United States."
Type locality (lignigera): "United States."
Type locality (virgata): Cambridge, MA; Seekonk, MA; Lansing, MI.
Caterpillars feed mostly on beech, chestnut and oak leaves.
Life Cycle
Larva; older larva; adult
Like other related prominents, the caterpillar feeds along leaf margins and hold its body flush against the edge, looking like a somewhat damaged leaf margin from a distance.
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.