Phigalia denticulata
Phigalia denticulata  (Toothed Phigalia)

Field Marks

Females are flightless. Males: wings variable in coloration: whitish gray, tan brown, or greenish, with variable amount of brown and black shading.


The PM line is strongly outwardly dentate. There is a very deep bend near the inner margin, whearas in P. strigataria, the PM line is nearly straight near the inner margin. Compare these two species carefully.


Distribution pattern: Southeastern.

Phigalia denticulata
Rindge 1975
Cornell University
Reilly pers obs

Phigalia denticulata
Phigalia titea
Phigalia strigataria

Life History

These moths emerge in mid to late winter, one of the earliest moths of the year, sometimes as early as December.

Host Plants

Unknown. Perhaps a generalist.

Similar Species

Phigalia strigataria

Phigalia titea


Rindge FH. 1975. A revision of the new world Bistonini (Lepidoptera Geometridae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 156(2): 71-155.

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