Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. Abraxas pantaria L. Lepidoptera: Geometridae , the spotted ash looper Light Magpie , is recognized as a new pest of common ash, Fraxinus excelsior L. Description of different developmental stages of A.
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Abraxas pantaria , the light magpie or spotted ash looper is a species of moth belonging to the family Geometridae. It was described by Carl Linnaeus in Adults are white to creamy bone colour. The head, thorax and abdomen have light brown hairs and the thorax and each abdominal segment has dark brown spots. The wings are white, although the base of the wings is darker, almost the same colour of thorax. The forewings have light brown spots toward the apical margin very close to the middle, forming an irregular band.
The hindwings have smaller spots. The larvae feed on the leaves of Fraxinus excelsior and are considered a pest. The newly hatched caterpillars mostly feed on the lower epidermis and parenchyma tissue, leaving a network of veins. As the caterpillars grow, the size of these grooves increases.
Infested leaves usually dry and turn brownish in time. The damage caused can be significant and some trees may be completely defoliated. There are five instars. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Species of moth. Linnaeus , . Fauna Europaea. Archived from the original on Retrieved Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms.
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Spotted ash looper, Abraxas pantaria (L.) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), a new ash pest in Turkey
Abraxas pantaria (Linnaeus, 1767)