white-striped black

(Trichodezia albovittata)

white-striped black
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  Hodges #

7430

 
 
Conservation Status
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

White-striped black is a medium-sized, broad-winged, diurnal moth. It is common and widespread across North America, including in Minnesota.

The forewing is black with white markings. It is crossed by a broad white band that narrows at the inner margin. A small, wedge-shaped mark at the anal angle merges with the stripe. The fringe is mostly black, white just at the tip. The hindwing is black with a fringe that is partially white.

The caterpillar is called an inchworm. It is small, slender, and green. There is a vague black line in the spiracular area, barely discernible on most of the abdomen, becoming pronounces on the thorax, and crossing the head. The anal plate is sometimes reddish. There are sometimes a few very narrow white bands crossing the abdomen.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Wingspan: ¾ to 1

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  No similar species  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Damp, deciduous woodlands.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Two generations per year: Early May through August

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

White-striped black is active during the day. It is frequently encountered along woodland trails. It can be attracted by jingling keys. The striped wing produces a flickering effect in flight, possibly helping the moth escape predators.

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Impatiens spp.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 21, 24, 27, 29, 30, 71, 75.

 
  6/9/2020      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common and widespread

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Suborder

Glossata  
 

Infraorder

Neolepidoptera  
  Parvorder Heteroneura  
  No Rank Ditrysia  
  No Rank Obtectomera  
 

Superfamily

Geometroidea (geometrid and swallowtail moths)  
 

Family

Geometridae (geometer moths)  
 

Subfamily

Larentiinae (carpet moths)  
 

Tribe

Asthenini  
 

Genus

Trichodezia  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

white-striped black (Trichodezia albovittata albovittata) (?)

white-striped black (Trichodezia albovittata tenuifasciata)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Odezia albovittata

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

white striped black

white-striped black

white-striped black moth

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Spiracle

A small opening on the surface of an insect through which the insect breathes.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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White-striped Black - Hodges#7430 (Trichodezia albovittata)
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  White-striped Black Moth (Geometridae: Trichodezia albovittata) on Leaf
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About

Published on Jun 16, 2010

A small but striking geometer moth that resembles a butterfly. Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (16 June 2010).

 
  Trichodezia albovittata
wetvideocamera
 
   
 
About

Published on May 7, 2013

White-striped Black Moth

 
  White-striped Black Moth
Robert Baker
 
   
 
About

Published on May 25, 2012

White-striped Black moth (Trichodezia albovittata) in Tryon Creek State Park, Multnomah County, Oregon

 
       

 

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  Alfredo Colon
7/23/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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