Pepper-and-Salt Moth (Biston betularia cognataria)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Geometridae (jee-o-MET-rid-ee) (Info)
Genus: Biston
Species: betularia cognataria

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

, Newfoundland and Labrador
Glouster, Ohio

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On Jan 26, 2007, DiOhio from Corning, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Host Plants: Alders, birches, blueberries, elms, hackberries, larch, pecan, Prunus species, sumac, walnut, willows and other trees and shrubs.

In England this moth is known as the Peppered Moth.

I collected the caterpillar that I have shown and reared him in the cathouse on sumac and he did pupate, so we'll see if we get a moth this year.