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The Scribbler (Cladara atroliturata)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the The Scribbler

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Lines of black color doodled across the wings separate bands of white, green, gray, or even yellow on The Scribbler.

Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Scribbler is a light moth that has a few color variations. Mixed between choppy black lines are bands of white and gray (the rarest version), white and green, or white and yellow. Some individuals may even look white and brown. The consistent placement of the black lines unifies all the different color schemes, so attention to that feature is helpful in identifying the moth. The bottom edge of the forewings has a black and white checkered appearance. The pale hindwings are creamy in color and have faint banding that appears almost worn-off.

Caterpillars feed on alder, birch, maple, and willow trees leaves. They are slender and green. Like many caterpillars in this family, they mimic twigs by stretching out one end of the body and holding on for dear life with the other end. The stiffened caterpillar looks just like new growth on a branch, and is likely to be overlooked by birds and other predators while in this position.

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: Cladara
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            Species: atroliturata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Cladara atroliturata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 30mm (0.90" to 1.18")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white; black; yellow; green; gray; brown
Descriptors: black and white; black and yellow; grayscale; mint green; sage; checkered; flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 23mm (0.9in) and 30mm (1.2in)
Lo: 23mm
Md: 26.5mm
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 The Scribbler 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 The Scribbler . Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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