Cervinaria Slantline Moth
( Tetracis cervinaria )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Tetracis cervinaria
(Packard ,1871 )
Common Name:Cervinaria Slantline Moth
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Geometridae
Subfamily:Ennominae
Tribe:Ourapterygini
Genus:Tetracis
Taxon Code:LEP01395
ITIS/TSN:943203

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Joaquin Miller Park, Joaquin Miller Park, 3590 Sanborn Drive, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100147

RECOGNITION
Description
Adult: This moth is a common visitor to lights at night. Wing: Wings resemble fall leaves and vary in color, being white, yellow, dark gray or chocolate brown. In dorsal view, the forewing has 2 lateral lines. The aft line continues from the forewing through the hindwing. Antenna: Long and thin (filiform). Larva: Larvae are twig mimics with a dorsal hump on thorax. They vary in color from light green to greenish-brown.
Wingspan
18-28 mm.

BIOLOGY
Food
In northern California, caterpillars are known to feed on Oregon cherry (Prunus emarginata) and chokecherry (P. virginiana). Older information indicates larvae may also feed on leaves of alder, Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata), cascara, Ceanothus species, Madrone (Arbutus menziesii), manzanita (Arctostaphylos spp.), willow. A variety of broad-leaved trees and shrubs.
Habitat
Deciduous, mixed, and coniferous forests and shrublands; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light.
Range
Western United States and southwestern Canada
Flight Period
Adults fly as early as February into June, with female stragglers into mid-July
Development
One generation per year; overwinters as an egg.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Tetracis cervinaria - Hodges #6956. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/41963). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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