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Species Drepanulatrix secundaria - Hodges#6690

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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 Drepanulatrix
Species secundaria (Drepanulatrix secundaria - Hodges#6690)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
original combination Drepanulatrix secundaria Barnes and McDunnough, 1916 (1)
winspan: females 20 - 23 mm, males 24-27 mm (1)
Adult: forewing pale yellowish-brown or orangish with fine dark speckling and sometimes a pink tint; terminal line composed of several dark dots; PM line an irregular series of dark spots or wedges, sometimes faint; small dark discal spot usually present; hindwing either similar or paler but with no noticeable PM line
British Columbia to California, east to New Mexico
open mountain forests; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from May to at least July
larvae feed only on leaves of New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus spp.)
See Also
Spurred Wave (Drepanulatrix unicalcararia) forewing lacks dotted terminal line and has yellow in PM line (compare images of both species at CBIF)
also see other Drepanulatrix species in MPG links below
Internet References
live adult image from California (Larry Line)
pinned adult image and photos of related species by Bob Belmont (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image and photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
presence in California; list (U. of California at Berkeley)
presence in New Mexico plus location and date; search on species "secundaria" (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
distribution in Canada BC only (CBIF)
Works Cited
1.A revision of the geometrid moths formerly assigned to Drepanulatrix (Lepidoptera)
Frederick H. Rindge. 1949. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 94(5).