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Pale Beauty Moth (Campaea perlata)

The pale beauty moth is a geometer moth found throughout the North American continent. Its original name was Metrocampa perlata.

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Geometridae
  • Genus: Campaea
  • Scientific Name: Campaea perlata

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

They have a mottled-brown color that makes them look like a twig. There are tiny hairs at the bottom edges of their bodies.

Pale Beauty Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

Once mature, the larva begins to pupate.

Pale Beauty Moth Pupa

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Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

Forewing: When the wings are open, they are pale-green or grayish-white. The edges are lighter than the center. When the wings are closed, a clear division can be seen between the light and dark halves.

Hindwing: When the wings are open, they are similar in color to the forewings. When the wings are closed, the line between the dark and light halves can be seen.

Average wingspan: 2.8 – 5.1 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: May to September in the south, July in the Arctic

Campaea perlata

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Egg

The eggs are initially yellow but become red later on.

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Quick Facts

DistributionNorth America
HabitatConiferous, deciduous, and mixed forests, shrubbed areas
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsAlder, ash, basswood, beech, birch, blueberry, Canada buffaloberry, cherry, elm, fir, hemlock, maple, oak, photinia, pine, poplar, rose, spruce, tamarack, and willow
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • French entomologist Achille Guenee first described this species in 1858.
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