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91a0427 – 7384   Xanthorhoe decoloraria (Esper, [1806])

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Distribution: The range of decoloraria is uncertain and it may be replaced by alticolata in the southern Rockies.
Type locality (X. d. decoloraria (Esper, [1806])): Europe.
Type locality (X. d. convallaria (Guenée, [1858])): California.
Type locality (X. d. nemorella Hulst, 1896): "California; Alaska; Aleutian Islands."
Similar Species:
  • 7385 Xanthorhoe alticolata, aside from possibly range, cannot at present be distinguished from decoloraria except by the short pectinations of the male antennae.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Geometra decoloraria Esper, [1806]
Ochyria anticostiata Strecker, 1899
Cidaria collinaria Metzner, 1846
Phalaena fuluata Fabricius, 1787
Rheumaptera immediata Grote, 1882
Cidaria munitaria Boisduval, 1840
Geometra munitata Hübner, 1809
Cidaria pauperrimata Christoph, 1888
Cidaria strigata Packard, 1867
Coremia convallaria Guenée, [1858]
Xanthorhoe nemorella Hulst, 1896
Xanthorhoe illocata Hulst, 1896
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • E.J.C. Esper, [1806]. Die Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der Natur, 5(Plates): pl. 50, fig. 55
  • Guenée, M.A., 1857. Uranides et Phalenites. Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Species Général des Lépidoptères, 10: 410.
  • Hulst, G.D., 1896. Classification of the Geometrina of North America, with descriptions of new genera and species. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 23: 293.
  • Parsons, M.S., M.J. Scoble, M.R. Honey, L.M. Pitkin, B.R. Pitkin, 1999. In: M.J. Scoble (Ed) Geometrid moths of the world: a catalogue (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). The Natural History Museum and CSIRO Publishing, 1-1016.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 32.39m; p. 227. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
Xanthorhoe decoloraria
© Jim Johnson
Xanthorhoe decoloraria
© Jim Johnson
Xanthorhoe decoloraria
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