Brown Scoopwing Moth (Calledapteryx dryopterata)
(Photo: Marvin Smith on 5/30/09)
Brown Scoopwing Moth
Hodges Number: 7653
Size: Wingspan 18-22 mm (around 3/4 of an inch).
Identification: Adult: wings red-brown or orange-brown. Has a bat-like or cross-like configuration when perched. Forewing has large scoop in outer margin, distinguishing it from the Gray Scoopwing. (Gray Scoopwing (Callizzia amorata) is grayer and lacks large scoop in outer margin of forewing.)
Larva: has five pairs of prolegs, distinguishing it from a Geometrid larva, which has two pairs of prolegs.
Range: Eastern North America: Quebec and Ontario to Florida, west to Arkansas.
Habitat: Presumably woodlands, edges, with hostplants (Viburnum spp.)
Season: Adults May-August or September.
Remarks: BugGuide notes that C. dryopterata is uncommon. That may hold true for other parts of its range, but I'd say it is common in my area of the Arkansas Ozarks -- at least, it was in 2009. I photographed several Brown Scoopwing Moths throughout the summer.
Above species information from BugGuide.
Lynn Scott's Lepidoptera
Moths of Maryland
Bob Patterson @ MPG