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Species Ilexia intractata - Black-dotted Ruddy Moth - Hodges#6711

UID MOTH - Ilexia intractata - female Black-dotted ruddy - Ilexia intractata - male Ilecta intractata - Ilexia intractata - female Black-dotted Ruddy Moth - Ilexia intractata - male unknown moth - Ilexia intractata Caterpillar on Live Oak bark - Ilexia intractata Moth - Ilexia intractata - female Ilexia intractata
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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 Ennominae
Tribe Caberini
Genus Ilexia
Species intractata (Black-dotted Ruddy Moth - Hodges#6711)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Holly Looper (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ilexia intractata (Walker, [1863])
Thysanopyga intractata
Ilecta intractata
Anisodes intractata Walker, F. W., “1862” [1863]
The only species in the genus found in America north of Mexico.
Wingspan 21-31 mm.
Adult: Reddish with dark, indistinct traverse lines. PM accented with a series of small black darts and white dots. Strong, sharply-defined black discal spots on ML, both wings.

Specimen identified by DNA analysis:
Eastern United States, common only in south.
Bug Guide - range map with monthly record of photos submitted to the guide.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Records from all year in the southern states.
Larval foodplants:
American Holly, Ilex opaca * USDA plant profile
Larvae also seen feeding on other Ilex, such as decidua (MPG).
Print References
Covell, C. 1984. Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths. p. 361, plate 54 (2)
Internet References
The Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) (4) *listed as Thysanopyga intractata