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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Maple Spanworm (Ennomos magnaria)

Also known as the notched wing moth, the maple spanworm is a species of geometer moth that occurs throughout North America. Maple spanworms typically inhabit mixed and deciduous forests and adults are active at night. Adults will fly from July to October and larvae are active from May to August. Larvae art typically found on the leaves of alder, ash, birch, elm, maple, oak and several other trees.

Both the adults and larvae of E. magnaria are incredible mimics with adults mimicking dead leaves, by holding their wings at an angle giving the impression of a curled leaf, and larvae mimicking twigs.  

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Geometroidea-Geometridae-Ennominae-Ennomini-Ennomos-E. magnaria

Images: Tom Peterson and willapalens

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