|scientific name Orthofidonia tinctaria |
common name Marbled Wave
Mesic deciduous and mixedwood forests.
Adults fly in Alberta from late April to early June.
A mid-sized geometrid with a very contrasting, marbled appearance. Forewing white with a relatively uniform black mottling, no strong distinguishing markings. The AM, PM and marginal area consists of a loose, broken black band. Intervening areas are heavily striated in black. Black discal spot. The veins through the median area are sometimes lightly dusted with ochre. Hindwing speckled and lighter overall.
The mature larva is detailed by McGuffin (1977) and illustrated in Wagner et al. (2001). Adults come to light.
Not of concern.
The larvae feed on Viburnum (McGuffin 1972).
BC to Nova Scotia, south to Georgia and Missouri in the east (McGuffin 1977, Wagner et al. 2001).
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