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It is known for having its larval form as a caterpillar which is insectivorous. The caterpillar has two abdominal appendages which serve as triggers to initiate a backward motion by which it grasps prey insects using spiny pair of forelegs.
- Steven L. Montgomery (1983). "Carnivorous caterpillars: the behavior, biogeography and conservation of Eupithecia (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) in the Hawaiian Islands". GeoJournal 7 (6): 549–556. doi:10.1007/BF00218529.
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