Species Details

Scopula cacuminaria

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Common NameFrosted Tan Wave SeasonalityThe only Alberta specimen was collected on July 20. IdentificationA small (1.8-2.3 cm wingspan) creamy white to very light tan moth with somewhat pointed forewings and a pointed margin on the hindwings. The wings are speckled with black dots, forming a loose median band with heavier spotting on the outer half of the wings, usually forming dark patches in the anal-angle areas of both sets of wings. There are also a series of black spots on the dorsal abdomen. The small size and the distinctive pattern of black speckling will separate it from other species of Scopula.

Scientific Name Scopula cacuminaria Common Name Frosted Tan Wave Seasonality The only Alberta specimen was collected on July 20. Identification
A small (1.8-2.3 cm wingspan) creamy white to very light tan moth with somewhat pointed forewings and a pointed margin on the hindwings. The wings are speckled with black dots, forming a loose median band with heavier…
A small (1.8-2.3 cm wingspan) creamy white to very light tan moth with somewhat pointed forewings and a pointed margin on the hindwings. The wings are speckled with black dots, forming a loose median band with heavier spotting on the outer half of the wings, usually forming dark patches in the anal-angle areas of both sets of wings. There are also a series of black spots on the dorsal abdomen. The small size and the distinctive pattern of black speckling will separate it from other species of Scopula.
Life History Poorly known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light. Conservation Uncommon in Alberta, but a widespread species. No reason for concern. Diet Info Apparently polyphagous; recorded hosts include lettuce and dandelion (Covell, 1984); and Asteraceae (unknown). Range Across southern Canada from the Maritimes to southern BC, south to Texas.

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"Scopula cacuminaria, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6103. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Geometroidea Family Geometridae Subfamily Sterrhinae Tribe Scopulini Genus Scopula Species Scopula cacuminaria
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