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One-spotted Variant (Hypagyrtis unipunctata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the One-spotted Variant



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A single pale spot near the tip of each wing is almost the only common factor between the One-spotted Variant's many individual manifestations.



Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
True to its name, the One-spotted Variant comes in multiple shades and intensities. Overall, it is brown, but this may mean pale brown for one moth and tawny brown for another. One simple tan spot dots the tip of each forewing regardless of how deep the brown colors are. Small spots, speckles, and curved color bands can vary, making it difficult to immediately identify this species.

Caterpillars feed on the leaves of a variety of common trees like oak, maple, elm, poplar, and cottonwood. They also eat from fruit trees like apple, cherry, plum, and peach. The brown larva is easy to mistake for a short twig. Two broods are produced each year with the later brood overwintering before becoming an adult. They are popular food items for hungry birds during winter.




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: Hypagyrtis
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            Species: unipunctata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Hypagyrtis unipunctata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 47mm (0.78" to 1.85")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, tan, gray, black
Descriptors: brown; single white dot; wing spot; curved lines; jagged edges; flying
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 20mm (0.8in) and 47mm (1.9in)
Lo: 20mm
Md: 33.5mm
Hi: 47mm
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 One-spotted Variant 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 One-spotted Variant. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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