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    Faint-Spotted Angle Moth - (Digrammia ocellinata)

    The pretty, unassuming Faint-Spotted Angle Moth can be seen around Locust trees all across the eastern parts of the continent.

    Staff Writer (2/10/2017): The gentle wave of color on the wings of the the Faint-Spotted Angle Moth helps identify this small, yet ubiquitous insect. Spots of black follow the wave and the mixture of color and pattern likely aid in camouflaging the moth. Adults are active from April through October.

    Caterpillars are also known as Locust Loopers. They have green bodies marked with thin, wavy red lines on them. They are a type of inchworm, moving forward about an inch at a time by bring their rear up to their head. This creates a 'loop' with their body before the front half of the caterpillar stretches forward again. They feed on the leaves of black and honey locust trees. This species can produce two broods per year. They do not seem to create any serious threat to trees.

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    Faint-Spotted Angle Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Faint-Spotted Angle Moth
    Scientific Name: Digrammia ocellinata
    Other Names: Locust Looper (Caterpillar)

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Geometrdiae
           Genus: Digrammia
            Species: ocellinata

    Size (Adult, Length): 21mm to 27mm (0.83in to 1.06in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, ivory, white, gray

    Additional Descriptors: flying, furry, wavy, lines, spots

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; 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; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; 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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