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scientific name    Cingilia catenaria    

common name     Chain-dotted Geometer

habitat
In Alberta it occurs throughout the boreal forest in the eastern half of the province.

identification
A relatively large (3-4 cm wingspan) white to very pale grey-white moth. Markings consist of small black spots or dashes indicating the antemedian and postmedian lines where they cross the veins, in some specimens joined to form a continuous line, and a small black discal dot on all four wings. Fringe checkered with black at the veins. Head and front half of tegulae yellow. Male antennae are strongly pectinate. Similar Nepytia species are all grey, not white, and more heavily marked.

life history
There is a single brood, with adults in late summer and early fall. The Alberta specimens were collected late August to mid September. Adults come to light. Larvae are omnivorous or nearly so, and have been reported on a wide range of herbs, shrubs, trees and even grasses, occasionally reaching pest status in the east.

range
An eastern species, found from the Maritimes west to central Alberta, south to about New Jersey and Minnesota. In Alberta it occurs throughout the boreal forest in the eastern half of the province.

notes
Apparently rather rare here in Alberta at the western edge of its range. Likely more common than the few records indicate, owing to the late flight period when most field collecting in the boreal region has ended for the season. Apparently rather rare here in Alberta at the western edge of its range. Likely more common than the few records indicate, owing to the late flight period when most field collecting in the boreal region has ended for the season. The genus Cingilia is monotypic. The lone species is also known as the Chain-spotted Geometer.

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