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Common Gray Moth (Anavitrinella pampinaria)

The common gray moth is a member of the family of geometer moths found in North America. It has a recognizable gray color with various types of mottling.

Common Gray Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Geometridae
  • Genus: Anavitrinella
  • Scientific Name: Anavitrinella pampinaria

Description and Identification


They are light brown, with a flat-faced head that has a varied mottling of black, pink, tan, and white. The larvae are capable of mimicking twigs.

Common Gray Moth Caterpillar



Once the caterpillars mature, they pupate.

Common Gray Moth Pupa


Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

When the wings are opened, they range from medium gray to light yellowish-gray with heavy dark gray or black mottling. When the wings are closed, the patterns remain observable.

Average wingspan: 2.3-3.4 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season:  April-October

Anavitrinella pampinaria



The eggs of this moth are laid close to the host plant.

Common Gray Moth Eggs


Quick Facts

DistributionNorth America, except the Arctic
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsApple, ash, clover, elm, pear, poplar, and willow
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • French entomologist Achille Guenee first described this species in 1857.
Common Gray Moth Image


Common Gray Moth Picture


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