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Species Rindgea cyda - Mesquite Looper Moth - Hodges#6415

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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 Rindgea
Species cyda (Mesquite Looper Moth - Hodges#6415)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ringea cyda (Druce, 1893)
Eubolia cyda Druce, 1893
Semiothisa cyda
Digrammia cyda
* phylogenetic sequence #190275
Forewing length: ♂ 10-13 mm, ♀ 10-15 mm.(1)
Adult: forewing ground color white but largely obscured by extensive dark transverse streaks; PM line thick, black, sinuous, interrupted by yellowish-orange blob near costa; AM and median lines blackish, diffuse, almost straight; band of dark gray shading immediately beyond PM line, followed by whitish transverse band representing a subterminal line; terminal line a series of black dashes; hindwing light yellowish-brown with conspicuous dark median line

* in south Texas Rindgea cyda can only be distinguished from the nearly identical R. s-signata by genitalia.(1)
Louisiana to southern California.
Recorded as vagrants in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.(1)

(its presence on a list from New York presumably represents an accidental record)
Adults fly year round in the warmer areas.(1)
Adults fly from March to September in California.
Larvae feed on mesquite (Prosopis spp.) and beardtongue (Penstemon spp.).
The S-signata group consists of three very similar species. Please see notes on the range which is often helpful in determining the species.
Rindgea ballandrata
R. cyda
R. s-signata
See Also
Macaria decorata and M. colata lack a yellowish-orange blob on PM line of forewing, their AM and median lines are not as straight, and they lack a median line on the hindwing.
Print References
DeLoach, C.J. 1983. Field biology and host range of a mesquite looper, Semiothisa cyda (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), in central Texas. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 76(1): 87-93.
Druce, H. 1993. Biologia Centrali-Americana Lepidoptera Heterocera 2: 177, 3: pl.58, f. 4
Ferguson, D.C. 2008. Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 17.2. p.339, pl.8.51-54
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
live adult image from Arizona in June (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in California; list of 8 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2, Geometroidea, Geometridae, Ennominae.
Douglas C. Ferguson . 2008. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.