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  • Large Lace-Border Moth - (Scopula limboundata)

    Large Lace-Border Moth - (Scopula limboundata)

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

    Picture of Large Lace-Border Moth
    Staff Writer (6/30/2017): 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.

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    Large Lace-Border Moth

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

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 31mm (0.79in to 1.22in)

    Identifying Colors: white, black, brown, gray, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: lacy, flying, speckled, tinted

    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; British Columbia; 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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