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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

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Scientific Classification


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

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

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

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Pupa

Once the caterpillars mature, they pupate.

Common Gray Moth Pupa

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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

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Egg

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

Common Gray Moth Eggs

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Quick Facts

DistributionNorth America, except the Arctic
HabitatVaried
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

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Common Gray Moth Picture

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