Species Details

Orthofidonia tinctaria

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Common NameMarbled Wave SeasonalityAdults fly in Alberta from late April to early June. IdentificationA mid-sized geometrid with a very contrasting, marbled appearance. Forewing white with a relatively uniform black mottling, no strong distinguishing markings. The AM, PM and marginal area consists of a loose, broken black band. Intervening areas are heavily striated in black. Black discal spot. The veins through the median area are sometimes lightly dusted with ochre. Hindwing speckled and lighter overall.

Scientific Name Orthofidonia tinctaria Common Name Marbled Wave Habitat Mesic deciduous and mixedwood forests. Seasonality Adults fly in Alberta from late April to early June. Identification
A mid-sized geometrid with a very contrasting, marbled appearance. Forewing white with a relatively uniform black mottling, no strong distinguishing markings. The AM, PM and marginal area consists of a loose, broken…
A mid-sized geometrid with a very contrasting, marbled appearance. Forewing white with a relatively uniform black mottling, no strong distinguishing markings. The AM, PM and marginal area consists of a loose, broken black band. Intervening areas are heavily striated in black. Black discal spot. The veins through the median area are sometimes lightly dusted with ochre. Hindwing speckled and lighter overall.
Life History The mature larva is detailed by McGuffin (1977) and illustrated in Wagner et al. (2001). Adults come to light. Conservation Not of concern. Diet Info The larvae feed on Viburnum (McGuffin 1972). Range BC to Nova Scotia, south to Georgia and Missouri in the east (McGuffin 1977, Wagner et al. 2001).

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"Orthofidonia tinctaria, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-4464. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Geometroidea Family Geometridae Subfamily Ennominae Tribe Boarmiini Genus Orthofidonia Species Orthofidonia tinctaria
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum