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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Kent's Geometer (Selenia kentaria)

JPG-Photo of Kent's Geometer

Remarkable brown or gray stick mimic with characteristically thickened abdomen. Head flattened with white and black streaks that may continue onto thorax. First 2 pairs of legs appressed; third pair often held away. Fourth to eighth abdominal segments greatly thickened; dorsum and sides of fourth and fifth segments raised. Ventral margin between abdominal and anal prolegs with sparse fringe of light setae. Food: maples, oaks, poplars, and other forest trees. Caterpillar: June to October; 1 or 2 generations.

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