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  • Brown-Shaded Gray - (Iridopsis defectaria)

    Brown-Shaded Gray - (Iridopsis defectaria)

    The native Brown-Shaded Gray sports a variety of colors that bounce and wave their ways across the wings.

    Picture of Brown-Shaded Gray
    Staff Writer (10/27/2017): Brown-Shaded Grays are part of the Geometer family. The caterpillar is long and slender, posing with half its body off a branch, mimicking a twig. They feed on the leaves of trees like oak, cherry, poplar and willow.

    Adults have rows of colors that range from golden brown to steely gray. On the hindwings, a white teardrop-shaped spot almost always touches the black scalloped line crossing the lower half of the wing. Rich, warm brown colors the area 'under' the black scalloped line. By the head, this same brown sits 'above' the black line. This species closely resembles others in its genus in pattern.

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    Brown-Shaded Gray

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Brown-Shaded Gray
    Scientific Name: Iridopsis defectaria

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Geometridae
           Genus: Iridopsis
            Species: defectaria

    Size (Adult, Length): 13mm to 24mm (0.51in to 0.94in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, gray, white, black

    Additional Descriptors: wavy, lines, teardrop, multicolored, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; irginia; West Virginia; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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