Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Venusia sp.


Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Larentiinae
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Taxonomy Notes: This taxon was primarily created to record the indistinguishable V. pearsalli and V. obsoleta (and certain individuals of V. duodecemlineata). The is no current way to identify them from photographs, and DNA barcode evidence suggests there may be multiple species. However, the separation is slim, though distinct, and they may be lumped in the future. The current identity of these species is uncertain.

Pollinator Week was June 20-26, 2022!

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.

Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.