Species Details

Cingilia catenaria

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Common NameChain-dotted Geometer IdentificationA relatively large (3-4 cm wingspan) white to very pale grey-white moth. Markings consist of small black spots or dashes indicating the antemedian and postmedian lines where they cross the veins, in some specimens joined to form a continuous line, and a small black discal dot on all four wings. Fringe checkered with black at the veins. Head and front half of tegulae yellow. Male antennae are strongly pectinate. Similar Nepytia species are all grey, not white, and more heavily marked.

Scientific Name Cingilia catenaria Common Name Chain-dotted Geometer Habitat In Alberta it occurs throughout the boreal forest in the eastern half of the province. Identification
A relatively large (3-4 cm wingspan) white to very pale grey-white moth. Markings consist of small black spots or dashes indicating the antemedian and postmedian lines where they cross the veins, in some specimens…
A relatively large (3-4 cm wingspan) white to very pale grey-white moth. Markings consist of small black spots or dashes indicating the antemedian and postmedian lines where they cross the veins, in some specimens joined to form a continuous line, and a small black discal dot on all four wings. Fringe checkered with black at the veins. Head and front half of tegulae yellow. Male antennae are strongly pectinate. Similar Nepytia species are all grey, not white, and more heavily marked.
Life History
There is a single brood, with adults in late summer and early fall. The Alberta specimens were collected late August to mid September. Adults come to light. Larvae are omnivorous or nearly so, and have been reported…
There is a single brood, with adults in late summer and early fall. The Alberta specimens were collected late August to mid September. Adults come to light. Larvae are omnivorous or nearly so, and have been reported on a wide range of herbs, shrubs, trees and even grasses, occasionally reaching pest status in the east.
Range An eastern species, found from the Maritimes west to central Alberta, south to about New Jersey and Minnesota. In Alberta it occurs throughout the boreal forest in the eastern half of the province. Notes
Apparently rather rare here in Alberta at the western edge of its range. Likely more common than the few records indicate, owing to the late flight period when most field collecting in the boreal region has ended for…
Apparently rather rare here in Alberta at the western edge of its range. Likely more common than the few records indicate, owing to the late flight period when most field collecting in the boreal region has ended for the season. Apparently rather rare here in Alberta at the western edge of its range. Likely more common than the few records indicate, owing to the late flight period when most field collecting in the boreal region has ended for the season. The genus Cingilia is monotypic. The lone species is also known as the Chain-spotted Geometer.
Cingilia catenaria
Cingilia catenaria

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"Species Details - Cingilia catenaria, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6396. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Geometroidea Family Geometridae Subfamily Ennominae Tribe Ourapterygini Genus Cingilia Species Cingilia catenaria
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