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Superfamily Geometroidea - Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths

Prochoerodes lineola (Goeze)  - Prochoerodes lineola Lesser Maple Spanworm - Macaria pustularia Huebner's Pero, early instar - Pero ancetaria Is this an oak beauty? - Phaeoura quernaria Unknown Moth Larva caterpillar - Protoboarmia porcelaria Caterpillar Inchworm
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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.