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    Curve-Toothed Geometer Moth - (Eutrapela clemataria)


    Staff Writer (1/25/2017): The only moth in its genus, the Curve-Toothed Geometer Moth has many distinctive markings that should help in identifying it properly. When at rest with wings flat, a definitive line that crosses from left to right, stopping short of reaching the edges of the wings. This line separates dark brown coloring near the head from the lighter brown color at the edge of the wings. The outer edge of the forewings curves downward and ends in a nubby point, or tooth, at the tips of the wings. The hindwings have scalloped edges.

    Young caterpillars have a brown body that becomes darker and more purple as it ages. They eat the leaves of common trees like ash, oak and maple. This accessible food source makes it easy to spread its range. Two generations are produced each year in warmer climates. Adults are active from late spring to late summer in wooded areas across the continent.

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    Curve-Toothed Geometer Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Curve-Toothed Geometer Moth
    Scientific Name: Eutrapela clemataria

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Geometridae
           Genus: Eutrapela
            Species: clemataria

    Size (Adult, Length): 38mm to 56mm (1.50in to 2.20in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, ivory, white, gray

    Additional Descriptors: line, pointed, ruffled, scalloped, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; 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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