Species Details

Xanthotype urticaria

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Common NameFalse Crocus Geometer SeasonalityAdults fly in June and July, with peak activity in the latter half of June. IdentificationA bright yellow geometrid with a loose PM band of maroon-brown spots, AM band reduced to two or three spots on the forewing; variable maroon speckling overall. Difficult to separate reliably from X. sospeta without genitalic dissection, see McGuffin (1981). Urticaria is slightly smaller and darker yellow than sospeta, with wider and more extensive maroon markings.

Scientific Name Xanthotype urticaria Common Name False Crocus Geometer Habitat Mixed and deciduous forest in the southern boreal and parkland region. Seasonality Adults fly in June and July, with peak activity in the latter half of June. Identification
A bright yellow geometrid with a loose PM band of maroon-brown spots, AM band reduced to two or three spots on the forewing; variable maroon speckling overall. Difficult to separate reliably from X. sospeta without…
A bright yellow geometrid with a loose PM band of maroon-brown spots, AM band reduced to two or three spots on the forewing; variable maroon speckling overall. Difficult to separate reliably from X. sospeta without genitalic dissection, see McGuffin (1981). Urticaria is slightly smaller and darker yellow than sospeta, with wider and more extensive maroon markings.
Life History
Adults are nocturnal and come to lights, but are also active during the day and are easily flushed from shrubs in aspen forest understory. Larvae are twig mimics and rest with their body fully extended, like a twig on…
Adults are nocturnal and come to lights, but are also active during the day and are easily flushed from shrubs in aspen forest understory. Larvae are twig mimics and rest with their body fully extended, like a twig on a branch (Wagner et al. 2001). In Alberta, this species is much less common than X. sospeta.
Conservation Not of concern. Diet Info Larvae are generalist feeders on herbs and low shrubs; reported hosts include Spiraea, Solidago, Rosa, Ribes and Cornus (McGuffin 1981). Range Alberta to Nova Scotia, south to GA and AZ (McGuffin 1981).

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"Species Details - Xanthotype urticaria, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-4304. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Authorship

Name Schmidt, B. C.
Role species page author
Date 2003-08-16

References

Specimen Information

There are 23 specimens of this Species.

23 results plotted on map in 13 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM7063 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Tofield Collected BySchmidt, B. C. Date Collected2000-06-28

UASM9975 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Lloydminster Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1942-07-08

UASM9951 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1918-06-23

UASM9968 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Lloydminster Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1941-06-23

UASM9971 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Lloydminster Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1942-07-08

UASM9972 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1942-07-11

UASM9974 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Lloydminster Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1942-06-25

UASM43227 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta Collected ByLawrie, D. Date Collected1998-06-13

BIRD3384 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Winfield Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-06-27

BIRD3385 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Winfield Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-06-27

BIRD3386 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Winfield Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-06-27

BIRD3387 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Erskine Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-07-06

BIRD3388 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Winfield Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-07-11

BIRD3389 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Delburne Collected ByPotter, J. Date Collected2002-07-07

BIRD3390 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Nevis Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-07-07

UASM57612 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2005-07-01

BIRD17399 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Stettler Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2006-06-24

BIRD20502 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Stettler Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2007-06-26

BIRD20503 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Stettler Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2007-06-26

BIRD21801 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Winfield Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2008-07-13

BIRD31240 - Xanthotype urticaria

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Rimbey Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2009-07-12

Adult Seasonal Distribution