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Brown Angle Shades (Phlogophora periculosa)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Brown Angle Shades



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This moth has various shades of brown on its wings in obvious patterns that help identify it.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Dark brown v-shaped marks are prominent on the Brown Angle Shades Moth. In some individuals, these angled marks are chocolate brown and very dark. In others, the marks are woodsy brown, and only slightly darker than the rest of the body. The moth has a small, dark brown spot just below the hairy thorax and a small, crescent-shaped one at the wing tip. Wings roll or curl at the outer edges giving the moth a wavy profile. Tufts of hair stick up from the thorax.

Caterpillars feed on an assortment of trees like fir, plum and alder, but they also eat from smaller plants including cranberry.




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: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Phlogophora
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            Species: periculosa
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Phlogophora periculosa
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 22mm to 27mm (0.86" to 1.06")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown
Descriptors: two-toned; flying; raccoon eyes;
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 22mm and 27mm
Lo: 22mm
Md: 24.5mm
Hi: 27mm
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 Brown Angle Shades 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 Brown Angle Shades. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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