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White Spring Moth (Lomographa vestaliata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the White Spring Moth



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A spotless white moth, the White Spring Moth is an early season flyer in the eastern states and provinces.



Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
March and April are usually too cold for many moths to already be on the wing, but the White Spring Moth gets moving around this time of year. It is completely white, though some individuals may have a grayish tint to them. No spots, speckles, or lines adorn this species, making it seem all the more ethereal. A long, white fringe rounds out the bottoms of the translucent wings. The head and body are also completely white.

Its caterpillar is a light green that offers it camouflage while it feeds on the leaves of apple, maple, cherry, beech, and hawthorn trees. They pupate overwinter and emerge as adults in early spring. Adults are active night and day and come to lights at night, offering everyone an opportunity to get a closer look.




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: Lomographa
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            Species: vestaliata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Lomographa vestaliata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 26mm (0.59" to 1.02")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white
Descriptors: snow white, all white, fringe, hairs, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 15mm (0.6in) and 26mm (1.0in)
Lo: 15mm
Md: 20.5mm
Hi: 26mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the White Spring 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 White Spring Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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