Anavitrinella pampinaria
Anavitrinella pampinaria  (Common Gray)
Field Marks

Whitish gray wings, with variable amount of brown shading. PM line sinuous, AM line is quite straight near inner margin. Discal spot on HW may be present or absent--if present, NOT hollow. Prominent white band at top of abdomen. Males have very prominent and large fovea at base of FW. Iridopsis does not have fovea, but Stenoporpia does.


Unfortunately, this species can look so similar to Stenoporpia polygrammaria that they are nearly indistiguishable. In my opinion the best character is the conspicuous white stripe on the first abdominal segment, which polygrammaria lacks. This stripe is sometimes faint, but it is always present. Iridopsis ephyraria can easily be separated by its hollow discal spot on the hindwing.Worn specimens are common and can be rather tricky to identify, but happily the lack of scales usually makes the fovea much more visible.

This genus was misspelled as 'Anavitrinelia' in the Hodges et al 1983 MONA checklist but corrected in Parsons et al 1999.


Distribution pattern: Transcontinental.
This moth is reported to occur from southern Canada south to mexico, and coast to coast in the US (McGuffin 1977,Forbes 1948), although published records are hard to find south of Canada.

The range of atristrigaria is very poorly known, and we cannot be certain at this point that it doesn't extend further northward.

Anavitriella pampinaria
McGuffin 1977
Reilly pers obs
Cornell University
Morris 1980

Anavitriella pampinaria
Anavitrinella atristrigaria

Life History

The pupa overwinters in the soil (McGuffin 1977).

Host Plants

Generalist. Foodplants include apple, ash, elm, poplar, willow, clover, etc (Covell 1984).

Similar Species

Anavitrinella atristrigaria

Stenoporpia polygrammaria

Iridopsis ephyraria


McDunnough JH. 1920. Studies in North American Cleorini (Geometridae). Dominion of Canada Department of Agriculture Entomological Branch Bulletin no. 18: 64 pp.

McGuffin WC. 1977. Guide to the Geometridae of Canada (Lepidoptera) II. Subfamily Ennominae. 2. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 101: 1-125.

Covell CV. 1984. A field guide to the moths of Eastern North America. Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston. 496 pp.

Forbes WTM. 1948. Lepidoptera of New York and neighboring states: part II. Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station memoir 274.

Reilly JR. Personal observation.

Cornell University Insect Collection, Ithaca, NY

Morris RF. 1980. Butterflies and moths of Newfoundland and Labrador: The macrolepidoptera. Agriculture Canada Publication 1691. 407pp.

Parsons et al 1999

Hodges et al 1983