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Superfamily Geometroidea - Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths

Which caterpillar, please? - Alsophila pometaria Snowbush caterpillar (Spanworm) of White-tipped Black Moth (Melanchroia chephise) is devouring our snowbushes (Breynia nivosa) - Melanchroia chephise Vacuuming the flower Geometrid Caterpillar - Digrammia continuata Elm Spanworm - Ennomos subsignaria Fringed Looper - Campaea perlata Purplish Brown Looper - Eutrapela clemataria Geometrid Caterpillar
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Explanation of Names
Geometroidae from the type genus Geometra (Linnaeus), Greek meaning "to measure the earth," referring to the larva, or inchworm, as they move in a looping fashion. (1)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.