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Garman's Quaker (Orthosia garmani)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Garman's Quaker



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A profusion of dense, brown hairs cover the head and thorax on this woodsy, brown moth.



Updated: 03/20/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Garman's Quaker is an earthy-colored moth with a large, hairy thorax that looks like a furry collar. Its wings are medium brown with two light brown spots on each forewing, and a light brown border on the bottom edge. A trio or cluster of black dots can be found just above that border. Wings at rest form a tent shape over the moth's body.

The fleshy caterpillar is tan in color with an orange head that has short white bristles on it. It can blend in well with the branches it crawls on. It seems to feed on a wide variety of deciduous trees.




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: Orthosia
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            Species: garmani
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Orthosia garmani
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 30mm to 32mm (1.18" to 1.25")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; tan; black
Descriptors: light border; black spots on wing bottom; flying; hairy thorax; furry head
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 30mm (1.2in) and 32mm (1.3in)
Lo: 30mm
Md: 31mm
Hi: 32mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Garman's Quaker 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 Garman's Quaker. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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