Cyclophora pendulinaria

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Cyclophora pendulinaria
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Cyclophora
Species: C. pendulinaria
Binomial name
Cyclophora pendulinaria
(Guenee, 1857)[1]
  • Ephyra pendulinaria Guenee, 1857
  • Cyclophora dilucidaria Rothke, 1920
  • Cosymbia griseor McDunnough, 1927
  • Cosymbia lumenaria Hubner, 1832[2]
  • Cyclophora nigricaria Rothke, 1920
  • Acidalia quadriannulata Walker, 1863

Cyclophora pendulinaria, the sweetfern geometer moth or pearly-grey wave, is a moth in the family Geometridae. It is found in North America,[3] where it is found from Newfoundland and Labrador west to the Yukon and coastal British Columbia, south to Georgia in the east. The habitat consists of moist or mesic forests.

The wingspan is 17–26 mm.[4] The wings vary from white to gray or even blackish-brown. Adults have been recorded on wing from April to October.

The larvae feed on the leaves of Comptonia and Alnus species. The larvae are variable in colour, ranging from green to yellow, orange brown or purple-brown. The species overwinters in the pupal stage.[5]


  1. ^ "Home of Ichneumonoidea". Taxapad. Dicky Sick Ki Yu. 1997–2012. Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Cosymbia lumenaria Hub: A Correction
  3. ^ mothphotographersgroup
  4. ^ Bug Guide
  5. ^ University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum