Lepidoptera Family Larentiida Moths
This is by far the most extensive family of the Geometra, containing as it does considerably over a hundred species, or well nigh a half of the whole group.
The wings of the various species are smooth and more or less glossy, and the front pair are generally crossed by several wavy lines. Many of the moths, and particularly those known popularly as the Pugs, are very small. Representatives of the family are to be met with almost throughout the year-from early spring to the middle of the winter.
Most of the caterpillars are rather long and slender, and without humps; and green is the prevailing colour. They feed either on trees or low plants, often protecting themselves in folded leaves; and some of the smaller species show a decided preference for flowers and seeds.
We shall select about a dozen of the commonest members for individual description.