Paleacrita vernata – Spring Cankerworm

Family Geometridae – Hodges # 6662

Caterpillar foods: many trees and shrubs including maple, elm, birch, plum (Bugguide)

Adults overwinter as pupae and fly in early spring.  They don’t look like typical Geometridae when they have their wings folded – their silhouette is narrower than others in the family.  Females are wingless.

4/10/2014  male

Paleacrita vernata 4-10-14 1

 

4/6/2015  male

Paleacrita vernata 4-6-15 1

 

4/16/2014  male

Paleacrita vernata 4-16-14 2

 

4/16/2014  male

Paleacrita vernata 4-16-14 1

 

4/26/2013  male

Paleacrita vernata 4-26-13 1

 

5/4/2013  male

Paleacrita vernata 5-4-13 1

 

5/4/2013  male

Paleacrita vernata 5-4-13 2

 

5/5/2013  male

Paleacrita vernata 5-5-13 1

 

5/5/2013  male

Paleacrita vernata 5-5-13 2

 

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