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Species Epirrhoe plebeculata - Hodges#7395

Epirrhoe plebeculata Brown, white, and black wavy-patterned moth - Epirrhoe plebeculata Early spring moth - Epirrhoe plebeculata Early spring Moth  - Epirrhoe plebeculata Early spring moth - Epirrhoe plebeculata Epirrhoe plebeculata Geometridae: Epirrhoe plebeculata - Epirrhoe plebeculata Epirrhoe plebeculata? - Epirrhoe plebeculata
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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
Other Common Names
Orange-winged Carpet
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epirrhoe plebeculata (Guenée, [1858])
Epirrhoe vivida Barnes & McDunnough, 1917
Cidaria rubrosuffusata Packard, 1871
Coremia plebeculata Guenée, [1858]
Phylogentic Sequence # 910239
wingspan 19-22 mm (based on four specimens)
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
Specimens identified by DNA analysis:
British Columbia to California, east to Nebraska, north to Saskatchewan (1)(2)(3)
adults fly from January to May
Epirrhoe plebeculata plebeculata
Epirrhoe plebeculata vivida Barnes & McDunnough
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
presence in Utah; list (Joel Johnson, Utah Lepidopterists Society)

Old links: (BROKEN)
pinned adult images of three specimens, showing color variation (CBIF)
pinned adult image (G.G. Anweiler, Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
presence in California; list (U. of California at Berkeley)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (CBIF)