Common Names in English:
White-ribboned Carpet Moth
'The Geometer Moths are the second largest family
of moths in North America. This family includes many serious agricultural and forest
pests. These moths are small to medium in size, with slender bodies and broad wings
. On average, the wingspan of these moths is 1-6 cm, though the females of some species lack wings entirely. Larvae are usually twiglike and lack the first 2-3 pairs of prolegs. They move by extending the front of the body as far forward as possible, then bringing the rear
of the body up to meet it; this is how they have gotten the name
"inchworm" or "measuringworm." Larvae usually feed
externally on leaves and pupate in loose
in leaf litter
Species Mesoleuca ruficillata
Wide, pure white median band contrasts with solid black areas near base and along costa of forewing . Note black discal dots on all wings . Basal area solid blackish; black patch on costa from pm . to st . lines . Hindwing white with gray median line and terminal border . (ref. 109410)
Wing span : 2.5-2.8 cm. (ref. 109410)
Caterpillar hosts: Birches and blackberry. (ref. 109410)
- Whittaker & Margulis,1978
- C. Linnaeus, 1758
- (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983
- Grobben, 1908
- A.M.A. Aguinaldo et al., 1997 ex T. Cavalier-Smith, 1998
- Latreille, 1829
- Snodgrass, 1938
- Heymons, 1901
- C. Linnaeus, 1758
- Order: Lepidoptera () - Linnaeus, 1758 - Butterflies and Moths
- Superorder: Amphiesmenoptera ()
- Cohort: Myoglossata ()
- Infraclass: Pterygota ()
- Subclass: Dicondylia ()
- Class: Insecta () - C. Linnaeus, 1758 - Insects
- Epiclass: Hexapoda ()
- Superclass: Panhexapoda ()
- Infraphylum: Atelocerata () - Heymons, 1901
- Subphylum: Mandibulata () - Snodgrass, 1938
- Phylum: Arthropoda () - Latreille, 1829 - Arthropods
- Superphylum: Panarthropoda () - Cuvier
- Infrakingdom: Ecdysozoa () - A.M.A. Aguinaldo et al., 1997 ex T. Cavalier-Smith, 1998
- Branch: Protostomia () - Grobben, 1908
- Subkingdom: Bilateria () - (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983
- Kingdom: Animalia () - C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
Name Status: Accepted Name . Latest taxonomic scrutiny: June 24, 1996.
Members of the genus Mesoleuca
ZipcodeZoo has pages for 3 species and subspecies in this genus:
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- Occasional papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 1913- url p. 25.
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- The Ottawa naturalist. Ottawa, Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. url .
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- The moth book: a popular guide to a knowledge of the moths of North America / by W.J. Holland. New York: Doubleday, Page, 1915. url p. 330.
- The moth book; a popular guide to a knowledge of the moths of North America. .. With forty-eight plates in color photography and numerous illustrations in the text, reproducing specimens in the collection of the author, and in various public and private collections. 1916 Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & company, 1916. url p. 330.
- The natural history of the Toronto region, Ontario, Canada / edited by J.H. Faull. Toronto: Canadian Institute, 1913. url p. 368.
- Brands, S.J. (comp.) 1989-present. The Taxonomicon. Universal Taxonomic Services, Zwaag, The Netherlands. Accessed January 15, 2012.
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Accessed March 20, 2007. http://www.gbif.org Mediated distribution data from provider.
- Opler, Paul A., Kelly Lotts, and Thomas Naberhaus, coordinators. 2009. Butterflies and Moths of North America. Bozeman, MT: Big Sky Institute. http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/ (Version of April 17, 2009).
- Biodiversity Heritage Library NamebankID: 2601678
- Catalogue of Life Accepted Name Code: ITS-189221
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Taxonomic Serial Number (TSN): 189221
- Natural Heritage Network Species Identifier: IILEU69010
- Zipcode Zoo Species Identifier: 155340
- http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/taxonomy?f=80&sci=Geometridae&com=Geometer Moths, Looper Moths [back]