Eupithecia interruptofasciata (Packard)
This species occurs throughout the host range in the interior of British Columbia; it also occurs north to the Yukon, east to Newfoundland and south to Massachusetts.
Damage, symptoms and biology
Eupithecia interruptofasciata is a rather uncommon innocuous solitary defoliator.
Mature larva to 16 mm long. This species has two distinct colour morphs. The more common green morph has a green head and body; black middorsal stripe and cream coloured lateral flange. The brown morph has a light tan head with dark markings; the body is rusty brown with a black middorsal stripe above the cream coloured lateral flange and purplish brown below.
This species overwinters in the egg stage. Larvae are present from mid-May to early August, pupation occurs from July to August and adults emerge from late July to October.
Canadian Forest Service Publications
Diet and feeding behaviour
: Feeds on the leaves of plants.
- Free-living defoliator: Feeds on and moves about freely on foliage.
Information on host(s)
Eupithecia interruptofasciata is restricted to common juniper.