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Geometer Moth

Xanthorhoe defensaria

Description:

The geometer moths or Geometridae (from Greek geo γη or γαια 'the earth' and metron μέτρων 'measure' — refers to the larvae, which appear to "measure the earth" as they move in a looping fashion) are a family of the order Lepidoptera. A very large family, it has around 35,000 species of moths described, and over 1,400 species from 6 subclasses indigenous to North America.] A well-known member is the Peppered Moth, The geometer moths or Geometridae (from Greek geo γη or γαια 'the earth' and metron μέτρων 'measure' — refers to the larvae, which appear to "measure the earth" as they move in a looping fashion) are a family of the order Lepidoptera.[1] A very large family, it has around 35,000 species of moths described, and over 1,400 species from 6 subclasses indigenous to North America.[1] A well-known member is the Peppered Moth, Biston betularia, which has been subject of numerous studies in population genetics. Several other geometer moths are notorious pests. betularia, which has been subject of numerous studies in population genetics. Several other geometer moths are notorious pests. Wikipedia

Habitat:

Window inside suburban house, Sebastopol, CA


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California, USA

Lat: 38.38, Long: -122.88

Spotted on Mar 3, 2012
Submitted on Mar 7, 2012

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