Apodrepanulatrix liberaria
Apodrepanulatrix liberaria  (Eastern Apodrepanulatrix)

Field Marks

A fairly unique, but highly variable moth, both in color and pattern. See examples of variation.


This lines are never sharp, giving the moth a soft appearance.


Distribution pattern: Eastern .
The range of this species is not well documented, particularly in the southeast. Forbes (1948) lists the range of this species as extending into the southwest.

Apodrepanulatrix liberaria
Rindge 1949

Life History

Scrubland species (Wagner et al 2003).

This species is critically imperiled in CT, MA, and NH.

Host Plants

Specialist on New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus ) (Ringe 1949)

Similar Species


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

Rindge FH. 1949. A revision of the geometrid moths formerly assigned to Drepanulatrix (Lepidoptera). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 94(5): 235-298.

Wagner DL, Nelson MW, Schweitzer DF. 2003. Shrubland Lepidoptera of southern New England and southeastern New York: ecology, conservation, and management. Forest Ecology and Management 185: 95-112.