white-striped black

(Trichodezia albovittata)

               
Hodges #

7430

white-striped black

 

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not listed

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common and widespread

Flight/Season

Two generations per year: Early May through August

Habitat/Hosts

Damp, deciduous woodlands. Impatiens spp.

Photo by Alfredo Colon
Size

Wingspan: ¾ to 1

 

Identification

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.

 
Similar
Species

No similar species


Larval Food

Impatiens spp.

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

 

 
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.


Distribution Distribution Map  

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


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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Geometroidea (inchworm moths)

 

Family:

Geometridae (geometer moths)

 

Subfamily:

Larentiinae (carpets and pug moths)

 

Tribe:

Asthenini

 
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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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
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Published on May 7, 2013

White-striped Black Moth

 
     
  White-striped Black Moth
Robert Baker
 
   
 
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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
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Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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