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Bent-line Carpet Moth (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Bent-line Carpet Moth

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Copper and gray colors sweep across the Bent-line Carpet's wings in rippled waves.

Updated: 07/06/2023; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
A bend can be seen in a short line of dark colors by the edges of the wings in this moth. The Bent-line Carpet male is mostly gray while the female has darker bands of color. A series of brown, dark gray and ivory-colored rippled lines curve around the head at the base of the wings. Another set of longer lines cross the middle of the wings, and this is where the bent line lies. A black dot sits on the gray band on each forewing. Carpet moths have cryptic coloring that makes it hard to see them when they rest on tree trunks.

Caterpillars are well-hidden among branches stems thanks to dark coloring and slender bodies. This species feeds on knotweed, smartweed, and other low-growing plants.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Geometridae
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          Genus: Costaconvexa
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            Species: centrostrigaria

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Costaconvexa centrostrigaria
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 17mm to 23mm (0.66" to 0.90")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; gray; white; copper; black
Descriptors: band; line; curve; copper; grey; silver; flying; ripple

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 17mm (0.7in) and 23mm (0.9in)
Lo: 17mm
Md: 20mm
Hi: 23mm

Territorial Map*

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Bent-line Carpet Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Bent-line Carpet Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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