False Crocus Geometer Moth

Xanthotype urticaria | Hedgerow Rose

Isn’t this False Crocus Geometer moth (Xanthotype urticaria) lovely? Native to North America, these moths are commonly found in deciduous forested areas but until the other day, surprisingly, I had never seen one before. This is a smallish moth–I’d say about the same size as a cabbage white–and apparently the males have more spots so perhaps this one is a he? The larvae feed on shrubs like spirea and roses as well as dogwood and goldenrod, all of which are growing nearby to where I found this little guy. The larvae are kind of neat looking, actually, because they are able to mimic a twig as a camouflage. False Crocus Geometers are active in both day and night. More info can be found HERE if you’re interested!

Just wanted to also thank THANK YOU so, so very much for all of your wonderful comments on my giveaway post. I have read each and every one and they have put such a big goofy smile on my face. You all are the best!