Paleacrita merriccata
Paleacrita merriccata  (White-spotted Cankerworm)

Field Marks

Females are wingless. Males can be easily distinguished by the prominent white discal spot on FW.


P. vernata is very similar, but has no white spot.


Distribution pattern: Eastern, but not well documented. More data is needed, especially in the southeast.

Paleacrita merriccata
Rindge 1975
Forbes 1948
Cornell University
Reilly pers obs

Paleacrita merriccata
Paleacrita vernata

Host Plants

Unknown (Covell 1984).

Similar Species

Paleacrita vernata

Alsophila pometaria


Rindge FH. 1966. A revision of the moth genus Anacamptodes (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 132 (3): 177-243.

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.