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Stained Lophosis Moth (Lophosis labeculata)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Stained Lophosis Moth

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The two-toned Stained Lophosis Moth is truly one of a kind, representing the Lophosis genus all by itself.

Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Found in the eastern U.S. and Gulf states of Mexico, the Stained Lophosis Moth is a sight to behold. Though it belongs to a large family, it is the only species in its genus in North America. Long wings on the male are almost completely covered in deep purple. Wing tips and borders are yellow. A small, faint yellow distal spot sits on the forewing. The female is more patterned with patches of purple crossing the wings, showing more of the yellow coloring. Her upper abdomen is purple while the lower part is yellow. Pattern differences between the sexes are so pronounced, they might be mistaken for different species, but both are covered in a glassy sheen. Like other larvae from Geometridae, its caterpillars are likely hidden among tree branches, mimicking twigs.

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: Lophosis
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            Species: labeculata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Lophosis labeculata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 15mm (0.55" to 0.59")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: purple; yellow; pink
Descriptors: wide, bands, flying, pointed

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 14mm (0.6in) and 15mm (0.6in)
Lo: 14mm
Md: 14.5mm
Hi: 15mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Stained Lophosis 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 Stained Lophosis Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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