Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Eupithecia strattonata (Packard, 1873)

Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Larentiinae
Identification: Forewing dull rusty or reddish-brown beyond PM line and in basal area; median area less so, slightly more grayish; discal spot black, distinct; PM line composed of short dark streaks along veins; subterminal line toothed, faint, with whitish dots at points of teeth, and jog in line near costa; several dark patches along basal two-thirds of costa, and short dark transverse lines along inner margin; fringe grayish with some dark and pale scales; hindwing similar but slightly paler basally, with small faint discal dot
Wing Span: 1.7 cm
Life History:
Flight: June and July
Caterpillar Hosts: Alder and Spiraea, and one individual was discovered and reared on the fruit of Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra) [Handfield, 1999]
Adult Food:
Habitat: Damp fields and open places, abandoned pastures, around marshes, bogs, or any flat wet area [Handfield, 1999]; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Range: Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to Ontario, plus adjacent northeastern states
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