Leucobrephos brephoides

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Leucobrephos brephoides, the scarce infant moth, is a moth of the family Geometridae. The species was first described by Francis Walker in 1857. It is found in North America from Yukon to Labrador and south to New York and southern Alberta and British Columbia. The habitat consists of open mixed wood forests of the boreal and mountain region.

Leucobrephos brephoides
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Leucobrephos
L. brephoides
Binomial name
Leucobrephos brephoides
(Walker, 1857)
  • Anarta brephoides Walker, 1857

The wingspan is about 29 mm.[1] Adults are on wing from March to May with a peak in mid to late April in Alberta. Generally, the flight period begins when snow patches are still on the ground.[2]

The larvae feed on Populus tremuloides, Betula papyrifera and Alnus, but have also been recorded on Salix and Populus balsamifera. All these species produce catkins early in spring, which may be important food sources for larvae to the appearance of leaves.


  1. ^ "910670.00 – 6257 – Leucobrephos brephoides – Scarce Infant Moth – (Walker, 1857)". North American Moth Photographers Group. Mississippi State University. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Anweiler, G. G. & Schmidt, B. C. (February 8, 2004). "Species Details Leucobrephos brephoides". University of Alberta Museums. E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum. Retrieved November 11, 2020.