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Cross-lined Wave (Timandra amaturaria)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Cross-lined Wave

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Lines across wings and pointy tips are not uncommon among Wave moths, but the Cross-lined Wave manages to stand out among them.

Updated: 01/03/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
This species is the only representative of its genus on the continent. Other Wave moths share similar features, like the Hemlock Looper and Large Maple Spanworm, but the Cross-lined Wave's combination of markings is unique and easy to discern. A common resting position for the Cross-lined Wave has the wings open and flat. This best displays the middle, dark, almost straight, line that crosses every wing. Short lines curve near the top of the wings, and a lower line meanders across the bottom parts. A dark brown fringe graces the edges of the pointed wings. The brown lines and the many small freckles of brown over the entire moth create a look similar to tree rings. Males have comb-like antennae; females do not.

The Caterpillar is also called a Cobra Inchworm thanks to both its appearance and its behavior. The golden brown or chocolate brown larva has a bulge in the body near the head similar to the area where cobra snakes flare out when alarmed. White angled lines on the sides of the body accentuate the curve created when the caterpillar crawls. It may raise its head off of a leaf, and curl itself into a question mark shape, like a cobra about to strike. Crested bindweed, buckwheat, and dock are satisfying food sources.©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: Timandra
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            Species: amaturaria

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Timandra amaturaria
Other Name(s): Cobra Inchworm (larva)
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 28mm (0.78" to 1.10")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; tan
Descriptors: straight brown line; woodgrain; freckles; point wings; brown wing tips; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 20mm (0.8in) and 28mm (1.1in)
Lo: 20mm
Md: 24mm
Hi: 28mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Cross-lined Wave 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 Cross-lined Wave. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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