Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Erastria coloraria (Fabricius, 1798)
* phylogenetic sequence #197950
original combination Phalaena coloraria Fabricius, 1798
also resided in Catopyrrha
Adults - medium brown (spring) to yellow-brown (summer) above with diffuse but obvious lines on the forewings; yellow and pink beneath; males with pectinate (comb-like) antennae
Larvae - a series of diffuse and speckled medium, dark, and light bands of grey; pictured by Schweitzer, Minno, Wagner (2011) (1)
uncertain. Historically known from New Hampshire, west Connecticut to northern Florida, west to Minnesota, Iowa, west Missouri and adjacent Kansas, Colorado. Believed to be expatriated from New England (1)
wherever New Jersey tea is found. Specifically, pitch pine barrens and grassy openings in old quarries and powerline right of ways of the Northeast; shale barrens in Appalachia; sand hills and river terraces in North Carolina; long leaf pine/wiregrass savanna in Florida; pine and oak barrens in Wisconsin (1)
multivoltine, adults emerge late April or May and mid-June through mid-July (1)
larvae feed on New Jersey tea Ceanothus americanus
and Ceanothus herbaceus (1)
diurnal. Adults attracted to baits and lights.
rare and threatened (Natureserve rank G3/G4) by growing deer populations that overbrowse the host plant and other factors (1)
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (2)
Moth Photograpers Group
- range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group
- photo of pinned Erastria coloraria
and related species.
Moths of Canada
- photo of pinned adult and related species.