|scientific name Caripeta aequaliaria |
common name Red Girdle
Montane coniferous woodland.
No Alberta data available; flies September - October in BC.
A bright, rust-brown geometrid with a large white forewing discal spot. The forewing margin has a series of arrow-shaped streaks, unlike our other Caripeta species.
There are two distinct larval colour forms, the more common one being variable dark brown to pale grey. The second form is rusty brown with a broken dorsal cream-yellow stripe and yellow lateral spots. (Duncan 2003). McGuffin (1987) erroneously suggests the moth flies from June to August; however, Duncan (2003) states that the egg overwinters, larvae develop throughout the spring and early summer with adults emerging from September to October.
Not of concern.
Caterpillars prefer Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), but also use pines (Pinus spp.) (Prentice 1963).
A western species, occurring from southern BC and westernmost Alberta southward (McGuffin 1987).
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