Eupithecia ornata (Hulst)

 - Dorsal view of mature larva
  • Latin name: Eupithecia ornata (Hulst)
  • French name:
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Family: Geometridae
Description

Distribution

British Columbia, Alberta

Micro-habitat(s)

Needle

Damage, symptoms and biology

Eupithecia ornata is a relatively uncommon innocuous solitary defoliator.

Mature larva to 20 mm long. Head, brown unmarked. Body, elongate, green with striking yellow margined middorsal red stripe. Posterior abdominal prolegs red.

This species overwinters in the pupal stage. Adults emerge June to July, larvae are present July to September, and pupation occurs August to September.

Life cycle (West of the Rockies)

Life cycle (West of the Rockies)
Stage/Month J F M A M J J A S O N D
Egg
 
Larva
 
Chrysalis
 
 
Adult
 

Canadian Forest Service Publications

http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/publications/search?query&process=Search

Diet and feeding behaviour

  • Phyllophagous : Feeds on the leaves of plants.
    • Free-living defoliator: Feeds on and moves about freely on foliage.
Information on host(s)

Main host(s)

Ponderosa pine, shore pine, western white pine

Photos
  • Dorsal view of mature larva
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