Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Barberry Geometer
Rheumaptera meadii (Packard, 1874)

Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Larentiinae
Identification: Adult has two forms: typical form is all dark brown like Tissue Moth (Triphosa haesitata); form "badiaria" has orangish-brown AM and ST bands; both forms have a sharper forewing apex than Tissue Moth, and a more jagged PM line with an especially prominent "tooth" near the costa; forewing has black discal spot just distad of AM line near costa; hindwing pale grayish-brown with variably distinct lines and toothed/wavy margin
Wing Span: 3.0-3.6 cm
Life History:
Flight: April-October
Caterpillar Hosts: Larvae feed on barberry (Berberis spp.). (1) This is an introduced shrub in most of eastern North America. The native American Barberry (Berberis canadensis) is rare in the southeastern states.
Adult Food:
Range: All of The United States and southern Canada
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: Rheumaptera meadii (Packard, 1874), n. comb., is the type species of Coryphista Hulst, 1896. a genus synonymized with Rheumaptera in Brehm et al. (2019).
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