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Species Idaea ostentaria - Showy Wave - Hodges#7121

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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 Sterrhini
Genus Idaea
Species ostentaria (Showy Wave - Hodges#7121)
Hodges Number
wingspan about 16 mm, based on Jim Vargo's photo at MPG
Adult: wings white with dense dark speckling, prominent black discal spot, and toothed PM line; AM and median lines variably distinct to indistinct; terminal line a series of black dashes; fringe scales of variable length and somewhat disorderly, giving a ragged-edged appearance
North Carolina to Florida
adults fly in spring
See Also
Idaea tacturata and I. obfuscaria have less prominent discal spot and/or have whiter wings, due to sparser speckling
Internet References
live adult image by Machelle White, plus common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images by Jim Vargo and Bob Belmont (Moth Photographers Group)
distribution list of boundary states (Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in North Carolina; list 10 specimens in collection, including locally collected specimens (North Carolina State U.)