|scientific name Hydrelia albifera (Wlk.)|
common name Fragile White Carpet
Mature deciduous and mixedwood forest.
In Albert adults have been collected in June and early July.
A very small (approximately 1.8 cm. wingspan) fragile broad-winged dull white moth. The wings are crossed by a series of five forewing and three hindwing bands comprised of a series of dull yellow-brown spots or blotches, giving it a checkerboard appearance. There are also small dark discal spots on all four wings. There is a narrow yellow-brown line across the frons. Antennae simple. Sexes similar. The small size and numerous spots should separate it from other small pale Alberta geometrids.
Few data. Adults are attracted to light. There is a single brood each year.
No Alberta data. Elsewhere larvae are reported to feed dogwoods (Cornus stolonifera and C. alternafolia) and less commonly on White birch (Betula papyrifera) (Handfield, 1999).
Newfoundland to British Columbia, south in the east to the Gulf states. In Alberta the Fragile White Carpet has been collected along the southern boreal forest (Edmonton, Touchwood Lake).
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