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Confused Eusarca (Eusarca confusaria)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Confused Eusarca.


 Updated: 5/22/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



  Confused Eusarca  
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Though individuals vary is shade, the main identifying marks on the Confused Eusarca are as clear as crystal.





Some Confused Eusarcas are more brown than others. Some have a tan or white base color with hints of yellow. These variations may explain the confusion in their name. All are peppered with small flecks of brown all over the wings. The most obvious identifiers for this species are on the large forewings. Each wing has a curved brown line near the head. Farther down the outer edge of each wing is a small, distinct dot. The lower half of each wing has a thin brown line that crosses it, ending near the tip. This line is continued on the small hindwings and is visible when the wings are resting flat. The hindwings also have a distinct dot on them above that line that is seen when the wings are spread wide open. The rounded edges of the wings come to delicate points.

Caterpillars of the Confused Eusarca look like short, brown twigs. These larvae mimic twigs by hanging onto a branch with one end and stiffening the body away from the branch. They eat from plants like aster, dandelion and goldenrod. Such host plants are usually found in meadows, fields, and gardens, so look for flying adults and their inconspicuous caterpillars in these areas from spring through most of autumn.
Basic Information
Common Name: Confused Eusarca
Scientific Name: Eusarca confusaria
Category: Butterfly or Moth


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 29mm to 40mm (1.13in to 1.56in)
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Identifying Colors: white, brown, gray, tan
Additional Descriptors: pointed, line, stripe, speckled, dots, flying




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Eusarca
Species: confusaria


Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of a common North American butterfly and moth insect
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Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
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Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
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Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
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Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.


Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Confused Eusarca may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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