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  • Pale Beauty - (Campaea perlata)

    Pale Beauty - (Campaea perlata)

    An pearly moth, the Pale Beauty has sculpted hindwings, misty green hues and a range that allows most North Americans to glimpse it.

    Picture of Pale Beauty
    Staff Writer (9/18/2017): Palest shades of green veil the wings and body of the Pale Beauty. Though individuals often vary is depth of color, females are generally larger than males. Two prominent lines cross the wings. The shorter line is near the head and its outer edges bend toward the moth's face. A darker, mossy green underlines it. The longer line crosses the lower half of all four wings with a similar dark, mossy green line above it. This species is found as far north as the Arctic, though it spends only a few weeks in the summer in that colder region. In the warmer, southern region, it is active from late spring through early autumn.

    Females lay a clutch of round, yellow eggs that become red over a few days. Larvae are mimics of twigs and branches. Their slender bodies stretch along tree branches and forms little loops as they inch their way around a tree. A mottled brown coloring aids in camouflaging them, and small hairs fringe the bottom edges of their bodies. These caterpillars feed on the leaves of various deciduous trees like alder, ash, beech, birch, elm, oak, poplar, and willow. Each year, one or two broods can be produced.

    The Pale Beauty can be found where host trees are growing such as forests and woodlands in wilderness as well as more developed areas.

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    Pale Beauty

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Pale Beauty
    Scientific Name: Campaea perlata
    Other Names: Fringed Looper (caterpillar)

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Geometridae
           Genus: Campaea
            Species: perlata

    Size (Adult, Length): 28mm to 51mm (1.10in to 2.01in)

    Identifying Colors: green, white

    Additional Descriptors: white, line, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; 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; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan

    * 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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