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Lesser Grapevine Looper (Eulithis diversilineata)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Lesser Grapevine Looper

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A smaller version of a related moth, the Lesser Grapevine Looper may be hard to differentiate without a ruler.

Updated: 01/04/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The yellow-orange Lesser Grapevine Looper has fine, brown lines that split the forewings into bands. The largest band is darker than the others, having a subtle violet hue, and it has a tiny dark dot close to the outer edge. The two orange hindwings have dark brown smudges at their inner tips, and the slender abdomen curls upward between them. Some individual Greater Grapevine Loopers can look almost identical to this species, but it is a larger size, so measuring the wingspan and length of the moth is necessary to tell them apart in the field and in photographs.

The caterpillar feeds on the leaves of Virginia creeper, a native vine, and also grapevines. The pencil-thin body is green, green and pink, or even yellow depending on its maturity. Thin yellow rings circle the body segments at most stages. When threatened, it stiffens its body and clings to a branch or stem with its rear end, making itself look like a new twig. Two broods can be produced each year. ©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: Eulithis
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            Species: diversilineata

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Eulithis diversilineata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 28mm to 33mm (1.10" to 1.29")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: orange; yellow; brown; purple
Descriptors: yellow; orange; small body; curled body; brown lines; curved wings; tiny black dot; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 28mm (1.1in) and 33mm (1.3in)
Lo: 28mm
Md: 30.5mm
Hi: 33mm

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

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