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Pale Beauty (Campaea perlata)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Pale Beauty

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The Pale Beauty's sculpted hindwings, misty green hues, and pearly luster complement each other in this comely moth.

Updated: 02/02/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Palest shades of green veil the wings and body of the Pale Beauty. Though individuals often vary is depth of color, females are generally larger than males. Two prominent lines cross the wings. The shorter line is near the head and its outer edges bend toward the moth's face. A darker, mossy green underlines it. The longer line crosses the lower half of all four wings with a similar dark, mossy green line above it. This species is found as far north as the Arctic, though it spends only a few weeks in the summer in that colder region. In the warmer, southern region, it is active from late spring through early autumn.

Females lay a clutch of round, yellow eggs that become red over a few days. Larvae are mimics of twigs and branches. Their slender bodies stretch along tree branches and form little loops as they inch their way around. A mottled brown color aids in camouflaging them among the bark and branches. Small hairs fringe the bottom edges of their bodies. These caterpillars feed on the leaves of various deciduous trees like alder, ash, beech, birch, elm, oak, poplar, and willow. Each year, one or two broods can be produced. The adult Pale Beauty can be found where host trees are growing, such as in forests and woodlands, both wild and developed.©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: Campaea
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            Species: perlata

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Campaea perlata
Other Name(s): Fringed Looper (caterpillar)
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 28mm to 51mm (1.10" to 2.00")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; white
Descriptors: white; line; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 28mm (1.1in) and 51mm (2.0in)
Lo: 28mm
Md: 39.5mm
Hi: 51mm

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 Pale Beauty 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 Pale Beauty. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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