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Species Epirrhoe plebeculata - Hodges#7395

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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 Epirrhoe
Species plebeculata (Epirrhoe plebeculata - Hodges#7395)
Hodges Number
7395
Size
wingspan 19-22 mm (based on four specimens)
Identification
Adult: forewing brown with white lines and dark yellowish or gold bands in AM and PM areas (some specimens all brown); median area darker, sometime blackish; discal spot oval, black; AM line slightly curved, almost straight; PM line irregular but with prominent lobe or double tooth near midpoint; ST line, if present, white, scalloped
hindwing mostly yellow or gold with dark fringe, scalloped blackish terminal line, and dark lines or markings along inner margin
Range
British Columbia to California, east to Utah, north to Saskatchewan
Season
adults fly from February to May
See Also
Stamnodes topazata has extensive gold on the forewing (compare images of both species)
otherwise, the yellow or gold hindwings of E. plebeculata are distinctive
Internet References
pinned adult images of three specimens, showing color variation (CBIF)
pinned adult image (G.G. Anweiler, Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
presence in Utah; list (Joel Johnson, Utah Lepidopterists Society)
presence in California; list (U. of California at Berkeley)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (CBIF)