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Yellow Slant-line Moth (Tetracis crocallata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Yellow Slant-line Moth



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Softly colored, yet clearly lined Yellow Slant-line Moths flourish in an expansive array of habitats and climates.



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The rich, buttery color of the Yellow Slant-line helps show off the clean lines and geometric edges of its wings. A dark brown line crosses each wing at a slight angle, from the upper wing tip to the middle area near the body. In secondary broods that occur later in the summer, the smaller hindwings continue that forewing line across the wingspan with a lighter brown line. A tiny black dot marks the upper, outer part of each forewing. Small brown freckles may cover all, part, or none of the wings. They are well-adapted to a variety of ecosystems and can be found on the eastern part of the continent with some northern populations venturing as far west as Alberta.

Camouflaged as small, short twigs, the Yellow Slant-line caterpillar hides among the leaves of its host plant. Its mottled brown body is slender, and it stiffens as the body extends off the branch at an angle naturally seen on trees. This combination of color and behavior means they are often overlooked by birds and other predators scouting for a meal. Yellow Slant-line larvae feed on the alder, willow, sumac, and chestnut trees. Two broods are produced each year.




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: Tetracis
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            Species: crocallata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Tetracis crocallata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 45mm (0.98" to 1.77")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow, brown
Descriptors: line, stripe, band, dot on wing, pointed edges, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 25mm and 45mm
Lo: 25mm
Md: 35mm
Hi: 45mm
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 Yellow Slant-line 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 Yellow Slant-line Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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