white slant-line

(Tetracis cachexiata)

white slant-line
Photo by Lisa Germann
  Hodges #

6964

 
 
Conservation Status
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The forewing is white with a pale orange, slanted, postmedial line that extends from the middle of the inner margin to the costal margin near the apex. It is otherwise unmarked. The hindwing is white and unmarked.

The caterpillar is a stick mimic. The second thoracic segment is conspicuously thickened, giving the caterpillar the appearance of a broken twig.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

13 16 to 3¼ wingspan

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Yellow slant-line (Tetracis crocallata) wings are pale tan, yellowish-white, creamy yellow, or orangish-yellow. The postmedial line is dark brown and bold. There is a small dark discal spot on all wings. The wings are dusted with dark scales. Hindwings of the second brood have a pale postmedial line.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Deciduous woodlands and forests

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

One brood: Late May to late July

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Deciduous trees and shrubs and occasionally conifers.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 21, 24, 29, 30, 71, 75.

 
  5/30/2020      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Suborder

Glossata  
 

Infraorder

Neolepidoptera  
  Parvorder Heteroneura  
  No Rank Ditrysia  
  No Rank Obtectomera  
 

Superfamily

Geometroidea (inchworm moths)  
 

Family

Geometridae (geometer moths)  
 

Subfamily

Ennominae (typical geometers)  
 

Tribe

Ourapterygini  
 

Genus

Tetracis  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

white slant

white slant-line

white slant-line moth

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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About

Published on Jun 12, 2013

This lovely White-Slant-line Moth (Tetracis cachexiata) naps in the protective shadows of its leafy Eden. Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (11 June 2013).

 
       

 

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  Lisa Germann
5/25/2020

Location: Dakota County

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