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Faint-spotted Angle Moth (Digrammia ocellinata)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Faint-spotted Angle Moth

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The pretty, unassuming Faint-spotted Angle Moth can be seen around Locust trees all across the eastern parts of the continent.

Updated: 01/03/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The gentle line of neutral colors on the lower part of the wings of the Faint-spotted Angle Moth can help identify this small, yet ubiquitous insect. Dark spots speckle the line and the mixture of brown colors and pattern likely aid in camouflaging the moth among its host plant. Adults are active from April through October.

Caterpillars are also known as Locust Loopers. They have green bodies marked with thin, wavy red lines on them. They are a type of inchworm, moving forward about an inch at a time by bring their rear up to their head. This creates a 'loop' with their body before the front half of the caterpillar stretches forward again. They feed on the leaves of black locust and honey locust trees. This species can produce two broods per year. They do not seem to create any serious threat to trees.©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: Digrammia
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            Species: ocellinata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Digrammia ocellinata
Other Name(s): Locust Looper (Caterpillar)
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 21mm to 27mm (0.82" to 1.06")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; ivory; white; gray
Descriptors: flying; furry; wavy; lines; spots

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 21mm (0.8in) and 27mm (1.1in)
Lo: 21mm
Md: 24mm
Hi: 27mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Faint-spotted Angle 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 Faint-spotted Angle Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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