Melanolophia canadaria
Melanolophia canadaria  (Canadian Melanolophia)
Field Marks

Dark brown or brown mottled wings. Note marking that looks a bit like a child's drawing of a seagull in flight. This marking is useful for distinguishing this genus.

The difficulty comes in separating this species from the Signate Melanolophia (M. signataria), which is supposedly lighter, less mottled, and has a straighter PM line. Forbes (1948) states that signataria has a smoother look with less wavy markings.


This species appears to be more susceptible to parasitic mites than most.


Distribution pattern: Eastern.

Melanolophia canadaria canadaria
Melanolophia canadaria crama
Melanolophia canadaria choctawe
McGuffin 1977
Rindge 1964
Reilly pers obs

Melanolophia canadaria
Melanolophia signataria
Melanolophia imperfectaria

Host Plants

birch, elm, maple, oak, pine, cherry

Similar Species

Melanolophia signataria

Ectropis crepuscularia

Melanolophia imperfectaria


Rindge FH. 1964. A revision of the genera Melanolophia, Pherotesia, and Melanotesia. Bulletin of the AMNH 126 (3): 308.

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

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

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