Geometridae (geometer moth)


Abraxas grossulariata (Magpie moth)

Geometridae is an extremely large family of moths counting over 23.000 recorded species at the time of writing. The caterpillars that are known as “loopers” are famous for their way of locomotion;  Geometridae have two pairs of prolegs instead of three pairs like most caterpillars, and instead of making a “wave” like movement with their body like most caterpillars, they instead walk in a “stepping” motion, moving the thorax and head first and then allocating their abdomen with prolegs close to it. The moths are often slender bodied moths of small to medium size; and they can be found spreading out their wings, laying it flat on the surface they are resting on. This typical Geometridae like position is an easy way to identify many (but not ALL!) Geometridae species.

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Citations: Coppens, B. (2019); Written by Bart Coppens; based on a real life breeding experience [for citations in literature and publications] 

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