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Stamnodes marmorata (Stamnodes marmorata)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Stamnodes marmorata

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A colorful moth with a daytime flying habit, this species could be mistaken for a butterfly.

Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Variations in depth and level of color exist with this species of moth. Some individuals are dark with brown and black striping under the wings. Others are bright, with white underwings that have traces of brown across them. A white line crossing the underwing comes to a point in the center of the wing. Two white dots may be visible beneath it, close to the head. A black-and-white, or brown-and-white checkered fringe runs along the edges of all the wings, white are commonly held upright and closed.

This day-flying moth is at home in the western states and provinces. Caterpillars may feed on rose, mint, and waterleaf leaves.

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: Stamnodes
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            Species: marmorata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Stamnodes marmorata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 30mm (0.59" to 1.18")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; white; black
Descriptors: brown and black stripes; white lines; butterfly; white and black checkered fringe; flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 15mm (0.6in) and 30mm (1.2in)
Lo: 15mm
Md: 22.5mm
Hi: 30mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Stamnodes marmorata 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 Stamnodes marmorata. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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