New York Natural Heritage Program
Barrens Itame
Speranza exonerata Ferguson, 2008
Insects

General Description [-]
The identification needs to be done by an expert or by a person with a good reference series. The forewing is rather plain brown, especially on the males, and can also be grayish. The normal markings are weak. The hindwing is powdery with some small dark spots and has a general yellowish to slightly orangish color. The underside is colored much like the hindwing above. See also Forbes' (1948) description under the name Itame inceptaria.

Identifying Characteristics [-]
Identification of specimens or photos of good spread specimens is not difficult, especially if both upper and under sides are shown in the photos. Identification should not be attempted from field photos.

Characters Most Useful for Identification [-]
The underside and hindwing color is distinctive (see General Description). The species is described by Forbes (1948) as Itame inceptaria.

Best Life Stage for Proper Identification [-]
The adult is the best life stage for identification.

Behavior [-]
Almost all collections are made at blacklights or mercury vapor collecting lights and this species was very rarely collected before blacklights came into use. Unlike many species of Itame, this one does not flush readily or fly in the daytime.

Diet [-]
The larvae feed on new growth of scrub oak.
The Best Time to See
The eggs of moths in this genus overwinter. The exact dates the larvae are present is not well known, but they are known to be present in May through mid-June. The adults occur mostly around the middle of July in New York.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Reproducing Larvae present and active Eggs present outside adult Pupae or prepupae present
The time of year you would expect to find Barrens Itame reproducing (red shading), larvae present and active (blue shading), eggs present outside adult (green shading) and pupae or prepupae present (orange shading) in New York.