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    Chickweed Geometer - (Haematopis grataria)

    Bright yellow with vibrant markings of pink, the low-flying Chickweed Geometer is a cheerful summer moth that shows its colors all day long.

    Staff Writer (9/27/2017): Chickweed Geometers are small yellow moths marked with a pink dot on each forewing and two striking pink bands that cross the wings near the bottom edge: one thick, one thin. They also have a pink fringe along the edges of forewings and hindwings. Some individuals' markings are a rosy pink while others are a deeper, darker pink. The antennae of males are almost feathery in appearance. Female antennae are more ordinary. They look alike in every other way.

    Caterpillars feed on short growing plants like chickweed (their namesake), stitchwort, knotweed, and clover; most of which are considered weeds. The Chickweed Geometer can be found fluttering about in yards, parks, fields, meadows and gardens. Look for adults from late spring to mid-autumn. August is a month of high activity. They are daytime fliers making for abundant opportunities to spot them.

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    Chickweed Geometer

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Chickweed Geometer
    Scientific Name: Haematopis grataria

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Geometridae
           Genus: Haematopis
            Species: grataria

    Size (Adult, Length): 18mm to 26mm (0.71in to 1.02in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, pink

    Additional Descriptors: wavy, line, stripe, dot, yellow, pink, feathery, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri;Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; Saskatchewan

    * 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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