Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Udea rubigalis (Guenée, 1854)
Scopula rubigalis Guenée, 1854
Explanation of Names
rubi, -g is Latin for red, reddish (1)
Throughout Canada & US, plus Central and South America. (2)
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Larvae are polyphagous. Larval hosts include celery, cabbage, and cauliflower and many commercially grown flowers. Many weeds and native plants also. (3)
1.larva 2.larva on wild aster 3.pupa 4.pupa 5.adult
Any Udea encountered east of the Rockies and south of Quebec/Ontario can be safely called rubigalis. There are a few isolated records of other species in Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, but they are rare.
which is larger with a forewing length of 8.5-12 mm. (3)
Powell, J.A., and P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press, pl. 23, fig. 14; p. 177. (3)