white slant-line

(Tetracis cachexiata)

               
Hodges #

6964

 

No Image Available

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

One brood: Late May to late July

Habitat

Deciduous woodlands and forests

Size

13 16 to 3¼ wingspan

 

Identification

The forewing is white with a pale orange, slanted, postmedial line that extends from the middle of the inner margin to the costal margin near the apex. It is otherwise unmarked. The hindwing is white and unmarked.

The caterpillar is a stick mimic. The second thoracic segment is conspicuously thickened, giving the caterpillar the appearance of a broken twig.

 
Similar
Species

Yellow slant-line (Tetracis crocallata) wings are pale tan, yellowish-white, creamy yellow, or orangish-yellow. The postmedial line is dark brown and bold. There is a small dark discal spot on all wings. The wings are dusted with dark scales. Hindwings of the second brood have a pale postmedial line.


Larval Food

Deciduous trees and shrubs and occasionally conifers.

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 21, 29, 71, 75.


Comments

 


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:

Ennominae

 

Tribe:

Ourapterygini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

white slant

white slant-line

white slant-line moth


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

Visitor Photos

   
Share your photo of this insect.

       
       
       

MinnesotaSeasons.com Photos

   
       
       
       

 

Camera

     

Slideshows

   
     
     
     

 

slideshow

     

Visitor Videos

   
Share your video of this insect.

     
     

Other Videos

 
  White Slant-line (Tetracis cachexiata)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 12, 2013

This lovely White-Slant-line Moth (Tetracis cachexiata) naps in the protective shadows of its leafy Eden. Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (11 June 2013).

 
     

 

Camcorder

         

Visitor Sightings

   
Share your sighting of this insect.

     
     
 

MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings

   

 


 

 

Binoculars

Last Updated:

About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | © 2017 MinnesotaSeasons.com. All rights reserved.