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Species Eupithecia strattonata - Hodges#7523

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Classification
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 Larentiinae
Tribe Eupitheciini
Genus Eupithecia
Species strattonata (Eupithecia strattonata - Hodges#7523)
Hodges Number
7523
Size
wingspan about 17 mm, based on two Internet images
Identification
Adult: forewing dull rusty or reddish-brown beyond PM line and in basal area; median area less so, slightly more grayish; discal spot black, distinct; PM line composed of short dark streaks along veins; subterminal line toothed, faint, with whitish dots at points of teeth, and jog in line near costa; several dark patches along basal two-thirds of costa, and short dark transverse lines along inner margin; fringe grayish with some dark and pale scales; hindwing similar but slightly paler basally, with small faint discal dot
Range
Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to Ontario, plus adjacent northeastern states
Habitat
damp fields and open places, abandoned pastures, around marshes, bogs, or any flat wet area [Handfield, 1999]; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly in June and July
Food
larvae feed on alder and Spiraea, and one individual was discovered and reared on the fruit of Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra) [Handfield, 1999]
See Also
The few other Eupithecia species that have reddish color in their forewings are marked differently than described above (see numerous images of other species at CBIF and MPG)
Print References
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec. Broquet. 662 pp. [text, p. 252; image of male and female, plate 45]
Internet References
pinned adult image and photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (CBIF)
presence in Nova Scotia; PDF doc plus foodplant and drawing of pupa (Frederick Rindge, Taxonomic and Life History Notes on North American Eupithecia, American Museum of Natural History)
presence in New York; list (Timothy McCabe, Olive Natural Heritage Society, New York)
flight season (Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada)
abundance of specimens caught in light traps in New Brunswick, compared with other geometrids (Canadian Forest Service, U. of New Brunswick)