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Species Olceclostera angelica - The Angel - Hodges#7665

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Apatelodidae (American Silkworm Moths)
Subfamily Apatelodinae
Genus Olceclostera
Species angelica (The Angel - Hodges#7665)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Olceclostera angelica (Grote, 1864) (1)
Parathyris angelica Grote, 1864
Phylogenetic sequence # 223150
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet means angelic (Latin) - perhaps a reference to the silvery-gray forewings with scalloped outer margins, reminiscent of an angel's wings
wingspan 32-42 mm; female larger
Adult: forewing silvery-gray with brown lines and shading; forewing and hindwing outer margins scalloped; note two translucent spots near apex; legs furry; abdomen looks as though dipped in glitter paint

Larva: top of head black, bordered in front and behind by long white hairs (giving a bearded and hooded appearance); body light silvery-brown with 3 dorsal black-edged white lines and long white lateral hairs, especially near rear; a pair of black-rimmed white spots on dorsal surface of each abdominal segment
Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Texas, north to Wisconsin and Ontario. (2), (3)
Deciduous forests
adults fly from May to September
larvae feed on leaves of ash (Fraxinus) and lilac (Syringa)
John Himmelman (4) says that the adult mimics a ragged leaf, and that the scaleless, transparent spots on the wings help with that illusion.

This species appears on the Florida Lepidoptera list but is treated as a synonym of O. indistincta and assigned the same Hodges number [7666] as that species. I could find no other Internet source suggesting that O. angelica is a synonym of O. indistincta.
See Also
In Texas and Arizona, The Seraph (Olceclostera seraphica) has a more irregular PM line that curves inward below reniform spot
In peninsular Florida, Indistinct Angel (O. indistincta) is smaller with less sharply-scalloped outer margins and less distinct markings
[adapted from description by Charles Covell (5)]
some Macaria species (Geometridae) have a similar forewing pattern
Print References
Covell, p. 56, plate 8 #18 (5)
Himmelman, p. 69--description (4)
Internet References
live adult images and food plants (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (Insects of Cedar Creek, Minnesota)
common name reference plus food plants and flight season (Ohio State U.)
pinned adult images of male and female (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
live larva image (Dave Wagner)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (CBIF)
Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia, v.2, p.322    Grote's original description of the species.