Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Hemlock Looper
Lambdina fiscellaria (Guenée, 1857)


Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Ennominae
Identification: Wings slightly translucent, cream to mouse gray. Hindwing has a small tooth at outermargin. Lines brown, sharp, sometimes shaded with darker brown on sides of median area. Pm. line strongly bent on all wings.
Wing Span: 3.2-4.5 cm.
Life History:
Flight: August-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Firs, hemlocks, oaks, and spruces.
Adult Food:
Habitat:
Range: Labrador to South Carolina and Mississippi, west across Canada, south to Texas.
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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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