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Species Xanthorhoe defensaria - Hodges#7386

Carpet Moth - Xanthorhoe defensaria Common Xanthorhoe - Xanthorhoe defensaria Moth in clover - Xanthorhoe defensaria at least i think its laurentine - Xanthorhoe defensaria 7386 Western Red Twin-spot - Xanthorhoe defensaria - Xanthorhoe defensaria Xanthorhoe defensaria Oregon Coast Brown and Cream Noctuid (?) - Xanthorhoe defensaria Moth - dorsal view - Xanthorhoe defensaria - female
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Classification
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 Larentiinae
Tribe Xanthorhoini
Genus Xanthorhoe
Species defensaria (Xanthorhoe defensaria - Hodges#7386)
Hodges Number
7386
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xanthorhoe defensaria (Guenée, [1858])
Size
wingspan 22-28 mm
Identification
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (1)
Range
British Columbia to California, east to Arizona and Utah
Season
adults fly in spring and again in fall
Food
larvae have been found feeding on flowers of Begonia, and reared on flowers of bramble (Rubus spp.)
[Jeremy Tatum, British Columbia]
See Also
Several other species in the tribe Xanthorhoini are similar, but show the following differences:
Euphyia intermediata lacks a smooth AM line on the FW and has dark subapical patch
Xanthorhoe alticolata has reddish tint in median area, and has continuously-curved AM line that meets inner margin at slight angle;
Xanthorhoe ferrugata and lacustrata lack double interior lines in the median area of the FW (compare images of all 5 species)
Caveat: another species, Xanthorhoe dodata occurs in Alberta and British Columbia (and probably northwestern US) but no images could be found on the Internet as of August 2007.
Internet References
live larva and adult images plus food plants (Jeremy Tatum, Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island)
pinned adult images of three specimens, showing variation in color (CBIF)
pinned adult image (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
pinned adult image plus similar species and other info (Jeff Miller, Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands; USGS)