Zale lunata (Dru.)
Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, FL, June 2010
Lunate Zale Dark phase
Lunate Zale form "edusa"
Identification: Covell, Moths of Eastern North America, Page 165. Lunate Zale is the largest and most common of the Zale species in our area. The forewing and hindwing are dark brown with blackish-brown shading. The patterns are variable, with many vague wavy lines. The reniform spot is black, lunate. The post-median line of the forewing is thin, black, doubly bulged in the upper half. The sub-terminal line is black, curving from the outer to inner margin and continues onto the hindwing. Whitish to greenish-white terminal patches distinguish the form "edusa." Host plants are many trees and shrubs, such as maple, plum, and willow.