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Enypia venata (Grote)

 - Lateral view of mature larva (rust morph), on western redcedar
  • Latin name: Enypia venata (Grote)
  • French name:
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Family: Geometridae


Alberta, British Columbia


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Damage, symptoms and biology

Enypia venata is a common innocuous solitary defoliator.

Mature larva to 32 mm long. Head, light brown with darker mottling. Body, rusty brown; dorsum marked with yellowish patches and dark middorsal Y markings at the posterior margin of each segment; discontinuous blackish addorsal and subdorsal lines; broad creamy yellow spiracular stripe bounded by a broken dark supraspiracular line.

This species overwinters as a fourth- or fifth-instar larva. Feeding resumes in the spring and continues until late June. Pupation occurs June to July and adults emerge 16 to 38 days later and lay eggs. Larvae emerge soon after and feed until the onset of cooler weather.

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

Canadian Forest Service Publications

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)

Amabilis fir, Engelmann spruce, grand fir, mountain hemlock, Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir, Sitka spruce, subalpine fir, western hemlock, western redcedar, western white pine, white spruce


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