Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Artace cribrarius (Ljungh, 1825)
Cossus cribrarius Ljungh, 1825
Artace punctistriga Walker, 1855
Explanation of Names
CRIBRARIA: from the Latin "cribrum" (a sieve); probably refers to the dots on the forewing, resembling holes in a sieve
one of two species in this genus in North America
Wingspan 25-62 mm (1)
; male much smaller than female
Adult: forewing white with lines of black dots (apparently resembling holes in a sieve to the describer [Ljungh] in 1825); body "furry", white; hindwing white
Larva: excellent twig mimic - body mottled gray and whitish with black markings and fringe of sublateral hairs; displays pair of dark bars between thoracic segments when crawling or disturbed.
Southeastern United States. (1)
Deciduous woodlands; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light.
adults fly from June to October (1)
, or as early as March in the south
Larvae feed on leaves of oak (Quercus), cherry (Prunus), and rose (Rosa).
Covell, p. 53, plate 11 #6 (1)
Ljungh, 1825. Liung, Kongl. Vet. Acad. Handl. p. 345
; pl. 2, fig. c.