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Curve-toothed Geometer (Eutrapela clemataria)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Curve-toothed Geometer

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The wing tips of the Curve-toothed Geometer Moth are unlike those of almost every other moth, pointing the way to its identity.

Updated: 01/03/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The only moth in its genus, the Curve-toothed Geometer Moth has many distinctive markings that should help in identifying it. When at rest with wings flat, a definitive line that crosses from left to right stops short of reaching the edges of the wings. This line separates dark brown coloring near the head from the lighter brown color at the edge of the wings. The outer edge of the forewings curves downward and ends in a nubby point, or tooth, at the tips of the wings. The hindwings have scalloped edges.

A young caterpillar has a brown body that becomes darker and increasingly purple as it ages. It eats the leaves of common trees like ash, oak, and maple. This easily accessible food source makes it almost effortless when expanding its range. Two generations are produced each year in warmer climates. Adults are active from late spring to late summer in wooded areas across the continent.©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: Eutrapela
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            Species: clemataria

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Eutrapela clemataria
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 38mm to 56mm (1.49" to 2.20")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; ivory; white; gray
Descriptors: line; pointed; ruffled; scalloped; flying; hook; tip; black-and-tan

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 38mm (1.5in) and 56mm (2.2in)
Lo: 38mm
Md: 47mm
Hi: 56mm

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 Curve-toothed Geometer 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 Curve-toothed Geometer. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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