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Species Letispe metanemaria - Hodges#6325

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Ennominae
Tribe Macariini
Genus Letispe
Species metanemaria (Letispe metanemaria - Hodges#6325)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Baccharis Inchworm Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Letispe metanemaria (Hulst, 1887)
Semiothisa metanemaria Hulst, 1887 (1)
Macaria metanemaria
Elpiste metanemaria
Wingspan 29 mm. (1)
Arizona and Utah, west to California and Oregon. (2)
Adults fly from March to November in the south, year round in southern Arizona.
Larval hosts are all in Asteraceae:
desertbroom (Baccharis sarothroides) (2)
coyote bush (Baccharis pilularis) (3)
false goldenaster (Heterotheca) (4)
See Also
Other Macaria species that have a dark-lined falcate outer margin also have large dark blotches along the PM line and/or other conspicuous markings on the forewing that are lacking in metanemaria.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C., 2008. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation: p.232; pl.6.1-3. (4)
Hulst, G.D., 1887. New species of Geometridae, no. 3. Entomologica Americana 2(10): 188. (1)
Miller, J.C. & P.C. Hammond 2003. Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest: caterpillars and adults. FHTET-03-11: 1-323. (3)
Works Cited
1.New species of Geometridae, No. 3.
George D. Hulst. 1887. Entomologica Americana 2(10): 185-192; (cont.) Entomologica Americana 2(11): 210-212.
2.Invertebrates of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
Kenneth J. Kingsley . 1998. U.S. Geological Survey Technical Report No. 60.
3.Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest: Caterpillars and Adults
Miller & Hammond. 2003. USDA.
4.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2, Geometroidea, Geometridae, Ennominae.
Douglas C. Ferguson . 2008. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group