This warm weather moth prefers to stick around states in Mexico and the southeastern U.S..
The Texas Gray is both gray and brown. The upper part of the wings is gray, while the lower curving band of color is a warm golden brown, or bronze. Bronze coloring by the head may also be present. Some individuals are darker and larger than others. The body is mostly gray, but a bronze band near the 'shoulders' has a wide dark band below it. There are few distinguishing marks on this moth, but if the wings are opened wide and flat, a single black dot on each hindwing is visible. Adults are active much of the year.
What the caterpillar feeds on is unknown, but like other Geometer larvae, it likely resembles a twig.
Scientific Name: Glenoides texanaria
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 16mm to 24mm (0.62in to 0.94in)
Colors: brown; gray; black
Descriptors: golden brown bottom; black dot on hindwing; bronze; flying; two-tone
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.