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Species Leptostales crossii - Cross's Wave Moth - Hodges#7174

Cross's Wave Moth - Hodges #7174 - Leptostales crossii Moth 5 - Leptostales crossii Cross's Wave Moth - Hodges #7174 - Leptostales crossii Leptostales crossii - Cross's Wave Moth - Hodges#7174 - Leptostales crossii moth - Leptostales crossii Yellow line moth - Leptostales crossii Leptostales crossii - Cross's Wave Moth  - Leptostales crossii Leptostales crossii
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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 Scopulini
Genus Leptostales
Species crossii (Cross's Wave Moth - Hodges#7174)
Hodges Number
wingspan about 13-14 mm, based on photos by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing variably orangish-brown to purplish, with yellow strip along costa; 3 wavy yellow lines, sometimes broken or indistinct, in AM, median, and PM areas; note that lines are paler than ground color of wing; terminal line a series of yellow dots; hindwing has similar color and pattern
southeastern United States: North Carolina to Florida, west to Texas
See Also
Leptostales pannaria is similar but wings usually have one or more of these attributes: more brown (less purplish), more uniformly colored, less extensive yellow along costa, less conspicuous terminal line, and other lines crossing the wing are often darker than the ground color (rather than paler than ground color, as in crossii); compare images of both species and other related species in MPG links below
Internet References
live adult image by Randy Newman (North Carolina State Park System)
distribution list of border states (Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)