Omnivorous Looper (Sabulodes
Photography by Max E. Badgley (1922-2006)
This moth belongs to the Family Geometridae, named for the fact that its members, when in the larval stage, lack appendages in the middle portion of the body, and thus move by (1) stretching the anterior body forward where they secure their anterior appendages, then (2) drawing the posterior body forward to secure their posterior appendages adjacent to those of the anterior body, and thereby forcing the body's midsection upward, forming a loop. Thus they "inch" along, as their family name, derived from the Greek γεωμετρία, suggests: the noun γεω, pronounced, in English, geo, meaning "earth", and the infinitive verb μετρία, pronounced metria, meaning "to measure".
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