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Species Erastria coloraria - Broad-lined Erastria Moth - Hodges#6704

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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 Erastria
Species coloraria (Broad-lined Erastria Moth - Hodges#6704)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Broad-lined Catopyrrha (a)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Erastria coloraria (Fabricius, 1798)
* phylogenetic sequence #197950
original combination Phalaena coloraria Fabricius, 1798
also resided in Catopyrrha
wingspan 30 - 35mm (1)
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)
Life Cycle
overwinter as pupae (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)
See Also
Erastria decrepitaria
Print References
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (2)
Internet References
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.
Works Cited
1.Rare, Declining, and Poorly Known Butterflies and Moths of Forests and Woodlands in the Eastern United States
Dale F. Schweitzer, Marc C. Minno, David L. Wagner. 2011. U.S. Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, FHTET-2011-01. .
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.