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  • Red-Bordered Emerald - (Nemoria lixaria)

    Red-Bordered Emerald - (Nemoria lixaria)

    Red-Bordered Emeralds are a southern and eastern moth that accents its bright green wings with a deep red edging along the fringe.

    Picture of Red-Bordered Emerald
    Staff Writer (3/2/2017): Red-Bordered Emeralds are part of the Geometer moth family. This subspecies contains a handful of cheery green moths that have thin wisps of white lines crossing their wings. They like to rest with their wings flat (open), which makes observing them easier than other types of moths.

    Caterpillars ate the leaves of oak and red maple trees as well as ferns. Look for Red-Bordered Emeralds at night in or around deciduous woods. They are active year round in the southernmost part of their range. Two broods can be produced in a year, so adults can be seen on-wing during spring and again in autumn.

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    Red-Bordered Emerald

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Red-Bordered Emerald
    Scientific Name: Nemoria lixaria

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Geometridae
           Genus: Nemoria
            Species: lixaria

    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 30mm (0.79in to 1.18in)

    Identifying Colors: green, white, red, black

    Additional Descriptors: wavy, lines, fringe, dots, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; New Jersery; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; 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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