Haematopis is from the Greek “haima/haimatinos” or blood of blood which most likely refers to the pink / red stripes on the wings, which on some individuals, can be as red as blood. He belongs to the Geometridae family.
This little guy was just visiting us in our trailer one day. I think he thought he would look great as a wall art, considering his awesome red stripes. These Chickweed Geometer (Haematopis grataria) are unmistakable, as there is no other moths that look like it. Honestly, this was the easiest research I’ve ever done for a post…
Yellow moth with red stripes?
Ah, yes. That is a Chickweed Geometer or Haematopis grataria.
Thank you, Mr. Bing.
Although this little guy has some downright nice markings, he really isn’t a special creature that is sought out by moth fanatics. I can say I’ve never seen one before, so he was special to me. =-)
They are found in almost all of North America and into Canada. They can be found flying from May through October and are about 1.5 inches wide. The larvae like to feed on low growing plants including chickweed (Stellaria), smart weed (Polygonum), and clover (Trifolium). All are considered weeds here in the Midwest… and probably beyond.
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