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Large Lace-border Moth (Scopula limboundata)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Large Lace-border Moth

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The soft colors of the Large Lace-border Moth are detailed with a delicate lace-like patterned border on its wings.

Updated: 07/06/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Large Lace-border Moths rest with their wings flat making it easy to admire the creamy hues of its wings. There is some variety within the species. Some individuals are mostly white with faint brown waves at the edges of the wings. Others have darker brown patterns on the edges. A few have a large black splotch on the forewings. When viewed together, they all look like they could be related, and indeed are the same species. They all have tiny black dots along the middle parts of the forewings. A fine, long fringe runs along the bottom edge of all four wings.

Adults are active from late spring to early autumn. Two broods (families) can be produced each year. Caterpillars are a type of inchworm. They eat leaves on apple and black cherry trees, blueberry bushes, clover and the native wildflower called meadow-beauty.

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: Scopula
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            Species: limboundata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Scopula limboundata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 31mm (0.78" to 1.22")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white, black, brown, gray, yellow
Descriptors: lacy, flying, speckled, tinted

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 20mm (0.8in) and 31mm (1.2in)
Lo: 20mm
Md: 25.5mm
Hi: 31mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Large Lace-border 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 Large Lace-border Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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