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Species Leptostales rubromarginaria - Dark-ribboned Wave - Hodges#7179

Leptostales rubromarginaria ? - Leptostales rubromarginaria - male Dark-Ribboned Wave - Leptostales rubromarginaria - male Small Orange Moth--Dark-ribboned Wave? - Leptostales rubromarginaria - female Unidentified moth - Leptostales rubromarginaria - male dark-ribboned wave moth - Leptostales rubromarginaria - female Dark-ribboned Wave - Leptostales rubromarginaria Leptostales rubromarginaria Leptostales rubromarginaria
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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 Scopulini
Genus Leptostales
Species rubromarginaria (Dark-ribboned Wave - Hodges#7179)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leptostales rubromarginaria (Packard, 1871)
* phylogenetic sequence #210525
Acidalia rubromarginaria Packard, 1871
Wingspan 14-20 mm.
Forewing length 8-9 mm. (1)
Adults of L. rubromarginaria and ferruminaria are both variable in color and markings, and resemble each other very closely.
Southern British Columbia to central California , Arizona and Colorado. (1)
All the DNA determined specimens at are from British Columbia and California. (2015)

The notes below are older postings:
*There is confusion or disagreement over the eastern distribution of L. rubromarginaria (see Remarks below) but in the west, this is the only species of Leptosales listed in British Columbia, California, and Oregon.
There is a single flight from April to July. (1)
Larval host unknown, but adults are often seen near Prunus americana (American plum) * - plant information. (1)
Charles Covell's Guide gives a distribution of "southern Quebec to Florida, west across Canada..." but CBIF does not list this species in Canada, except in British Columbia (and the Leptostales species that occurs from Quebec to Alberta is listed as ferruminaria).
Also, the list of Florida Lepidoptera includes L. ferruminaria but not rubromarginaria, so there seems to be confusion over the eastern distribution of these two species, neither of which is treated as a synonym or subspecies of the other.
Along the west coast of United States and Canada, rubromarginaria is the only Leptostales species. (1)
See Also
Likely to be confused only with L. ferruminaria, as other species of Leptostales have distinctive colors and/or markings.
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.31.34m; p.222 (1)
Acidalia rubromarginaria Packard, 1871. Catalogue of the Phalaenidae of California. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History. 13:391
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - photo of living and pinned adults. - species account with range map and pinned adults.
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.