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Confused Eusarca (Eusarca confusaria)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Confused Eusarca



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Though individuals vary is shade, the main identifying marks on the Confused Eusarca are as clear as crystal.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Some Confused Eusarcas are browner than others. Some have a tan or white base color with hints of yellow. These many physical variations may explain the ?confusion? part of their name. All Confuse Eusarcas are peppered with small flecks of brown all over the wings. The most obvious identifiers for this species are on the large forewings. Each wing has a curved brown line near the head. Farther down the outer edge of each wing is a small, distinct dot. The lower half of each wing has a thin brown line that crosses it, ending near the tip. This line is continued on the small hindwings and is visible when the wings are resting flat. The hindwings also have a distinct dot on them above that line that is seen when the wings are spread wide open. The rounded edges of the wings come to delicate points.

Caterpillars of the Confused Eusarca look like short, brown twigs. These larvae mimic twigs by hanging onto a branch with one end and stiffening the body away from the branch. They eat from plants like aster, dandelion and goldenrod. Such host plants are usually found in meadows, fields, and gardens, so look for flying adults and their inconspicuous caterpillars in these areas from spring through most of autumn.




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: Eusarca
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            Species: confusaria
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Eusarca confusaria
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 29mm to 40mm (1.14" to 1.57")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white, brown, gray, tan
Descriptors: pointed, line, stripe, speckled, dots, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 29mm (1.1in) and 40mm (1.6in)
Lo: 29mm
Md: 34.5mm
Hi: 40mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Confused Eusarca 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 Confused Eusarca. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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