Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Spiny Looper
Phigalia titea (Cramer, 1782)


Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Ennominae
Identification: Wings pale powdery gray. Forewing lines black, heavy; pm. line wavy, not usually touching straight, broad median line, and not toothed toward costa. Melanics darker gray to black. Female lacks wings; body gray with no abdominal spines.
Wing Span: 3-4 cm (male).
Life History:
Flight: March-April.
Caterpillar Hosts: American basswood, American elm, blueberry, hickories, maple, oaks, and poplars.
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