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Large Lace-Border Moth (Scopula limboundata)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Large Lace-Border Moth, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 6/30/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Large Lace-Border Moth  
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The soft colors of the Large Lace-Border Moth are detailed with a delicate lace-patterned border on the wings.

Large Lace-Border Moths rest with their wings flat making it easy to admire the creamy hues of its wings. There is some variety with individuals. Some are mostly white with faint brown waves at the edges of the wings. Others have darker brown patterns on the edges, and a few have a large black splotch on the forewings. When put together, they look closely related, but are actually the same species. They all have tiny black dots along the middle parts of the forewings.

Adults are active from late spring to early autumn. Two broods (families) can be produced each year. Caterpillars are a type of inchworm. They eat leaves on apple and black cherry trees, blueberry bushes, clover and the native wildflower called meadow-beauty.

Large Lace-Border Moth Information

Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common Name: Large Lace-Border Moth
Scientific Name: Scopula limboundata

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Lepidoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Geometridae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Scopula
       Arrow graphic Species: limboundata

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 20 mm to 31 mm (0.78 inches to 1.209 inches)
Identifying Colors: white, black, brown, gray, yellow
Additional Descriptors: lacy, flying, speckled, tinted

North American Territorial 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; British Columbia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that 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 above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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