The Scribbler is a light moth that has a few color variations. Mixed between choppy black lines are bands of white and gray (the rarest version), white and green, or white and yellow. Some individuals may even look white and brown. The consistent placement of the black lines unifies all the different color schemes, so attention to that feature is helpful in identifying the moth. The bottom edge of the forewings has a black and white checkered appearance. The pale hindwings are creamy in color and have faint banding that appears almost worn-off.
Caterpillars feed on alder, birch, maple, and willow trees leaves. They are slender and green. Like many caterpillars in this family, they mimic twigs by stretching out one end of the body and holding on for dear life with the other end. The stiffened caterpillar looks just like new growth on a branch, and is likely to be overlooked by birds and other predators while in this position.
Scientific Name: Cladara atroliturata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 30mm (0.90in to 1.17in)
Colors: white; black; yellow; green; gray; brown
Descriptors: black and white; black and yellow; grayscale; mint green; sage; checkered; flying
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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.