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White Spring Moth (Lomographa vestaliata)

The white spring moth is a geometer moth found in North America.

White Spring Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Geometridae
  • Genus: Lomographa
  • Scientific Name: Lomographa vestaliata

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

It is light-green with a reddish-brown head.

White Spring Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

Larva overwinter as a pupa.

Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

When the wings are open, they are entirely white, lacking any spots or stripes. This adds to its ethereal appearance. When the wings are closed, the white color is still observable.

Average wingspan: 15–23 mm

Flight pattern: Erratic; both diurnal and nocturnal patterns observed

Season: March-September (South); May-July (North)

Lomographa vestaliata

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Egg

Females lay their eggs close to the host plant

Quick Facts

DistributionNorth America; from west of Newfoundland to south-eastern British Columbia and south to Florida and Texas
HabitatCoulees, dry shrubby areas, and valley slopes
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsHawthorn, ninebark, orchard apple, Prunus, Sorbus, and Viburnum
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • French entomologist Achille Guenée first described this species in 1857.
White Spring Moth Image

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White Spring Moth Picture

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