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91a0144 – 7428   Venusia comptaria (Walker, 1860)
             Brown-shaded Carpet

Nolie Schneider
Distribution: Throuought eastern US and Canada west to at least Alberta based on BOLD DNA barcode.
Type locality (comptaria): Nova Scotia.
Type locality (form palumbes): Ithica, NY.
Type locality (perlineata): Albany, NY.
Type locality (salienta): not given, however Pearsall (1905) comments, "... ground colour of both wings above, pale ashen in Eastern nearly white in Western [California (Pearsall 1906)] specimens, sparingly mixed with dark brown or black scales."
Field Marks:
Males have antennae filiform and strongly ciliate beneath.
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Tephrosia comptaria Walker, 1860
Venusia palumbes Franclemont, 1938
Larentia perlineata Packard, 1874
Euchoeca salienta Pearsall, 1905
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:ABX5421
  • Dyar, H.G., 1906. A note on the Euchoeca comptaria muddle. The Canadian Entomologist, 38: 110.
  • Franclemont, J.G., 1938. Descriptions of new melanic forms (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Noctuidae and Arctiidae). Entomological News, 49: 108.
  • Packard, A.S., 1874. Catalogue of the Phalaenidae of California. No. 2. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, 16: 20.
  • Packard, A.S., 1876. A monograph of the geometrid moths or Phalaenidae of the United States. Report (Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (U.S.)), 10: 83; pl. 8, figs. 25, 68 (perlineata).
  • Pearsall, R.F., 1905. The genus Venusia and its included species. The Canadian Entomologist, 37: 126.
  • Pearsall, R.F., 1905. Whom shall we follow?. The Canadian Entomologist, 37: 332.
  • Pearsall, R.F., 1906. What Euchoe comptaria, Walk., really is. The Canadian Entomologist, 37: 33-38.
  • Prout, L.B., 1909. On the genera Venusia, Euchceca and Hydrelia. The Canadian Entomologist, 41: 93-94.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Taylor, G.W., 1905. The genus Venusia and its included species. The Canadian Entomologist, 37: 239-240.
  • Taylor, G.W., 1906. A further note on Euchoeca Comptaria and the allied species. The Canadian Entomologist, 38: 203-204.
  • Walker, F., 1860. Gemeotrites. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 21: 406.
Venusia comptaria
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Venusia comptaria
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Venusia comptaria
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Venusia comptaria
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