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91a0139 – 7423   Hydrelia albifera (Walker, 1866)
             Fragile White Carpet

Karl Hillig
Distribution: Throughout eastern US and Canada; possibly replaced by Hydrelia brunneifasciata west of the Rockies (Forbes 1948:156).
Type locality (albifera): North America.
Type locality (albogilvaria): USA: MA, NY.
Type locality (triseriata): White Mountains, NH; Beverly, MA, Andover, MA; Albany, NY.
Similar Species:
  • Lobocleta peralbata has forewing with coastal and outer margins straighter, basal line always obsolete, outer line unbroken. Stippling, rarely present in H. albifera, is often present on all wings. White or yellowish ground color is opaque, not translucent as in H. albifera. Hind wings are less elongated.
  • Hydrelia brunneifasciata (Packard, 1876)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Acidalia albifera Walker, 1866
Acidalia albogilvaria Morrison, 1874
Corycia triseriata Packard, 1874
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Forbes, W.T.M., 1948. The Lepidoptera of New York and neighboring states. Part II. Geometridae, Sphingidae, Notodontidae, Lymantriidae. Cornell University Agriculture Experimental Station Memoirs, 274: 1-263.
  • Morrison, H.K., 1874 (1873-1874). New North American Lepidoptera. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, 16: 194.
  • Packard, A.S., 1874. Descriptions of New North American Phalaenidae. Sixth Annual report of the trustees of the Peabody Academy of Science, p. 50.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Walker, F., 1866. Supplement - part 5. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 35: 1625.
Hydrelia albifera
David Bree
Hydrelia albifera
Tom Murray
Hydrelia albifera
LG – Jim Troubridge
Hydrelia albifera
18mm – Jim Vargo

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