Butterflies and Moths of North America

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The Bad-wing
Dyspteris abortivaria (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)


Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Larentiinae
Identification: Easily recognized by pale bluish green wings with white lines and discal spots. Forewing much larger than hindwing, the later often difficult to pull into position for spreading - hence the common name.
Wing Span: 2-2.8 cm.
Life History:
Flight: Mid-April - August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grapes.
Adult Food:
Habitat:
Range: Throughout eastern North America.
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Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

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