Pine measuringworm moth

Pine measuringworm moth -
  • Latin name: Hypagyrtis piniata (Pack.)
  • French name: Arpenteuse du pin
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Family: Geometridae


British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec

This species is generally distributed throughout the central and southern interior of British Columbia from the upper Fraser and Peace drainages south; it also occurs east to Newfoundland.



Damage, symptoms and biology

Hypagyrtis piniata is a common innocuous solitary defoliator.

Mature larva to 27 mm long. Head, light brown with dark mottle. Body, light reddish brown; pale yellow diamond pattern on dorsum; black chevron on dorsum of each abdominal segment.

This species overwinters in the larval stage. Larvae resume feeding in spring and continue until June or July. Pupation occurs July to August, adults emerge July to August and lay eggs. Eggs hatch soon after and the larvae feed until early fall.

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Pine measuringworm moth

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)

The principal hosts of Hypagyrtis piniata are Douglas-fir, western hemlock, Engelmann spruce and white spruce; other hosts include western larch, tamarack, lodgepole pine, western white pine, ponderosa pine, western redcedar and subalpine fir.

Main host(s)

Balsam fir, black spruce, Douglas-fir, eastern hemlock, eastern white pine, Engelmann spruce, jack pine, lodgepole pine, red spruce, Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir, tamarack, western hemlock, western larch, western redcedar, western white pine, white spruce

Secondary host(s)

Birch, eastern white-cedar, European larch, hemlocks, larches / tamaracks, Norway spruce, red maple, red pine, scots pine, subalpine fir

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