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Species Macaria notata - Birch Angle - Hodges#6330

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Classification
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 Macaria
Species notata (Birch Angle - Hodges#6330)
Hodges Number
6330
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macaria notata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Phalaena notata Linnaeus, 1758
Philobia ulsterata Pearsall, 1913
Semiothisa ulsterata
Macaria ulsterata
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet notata is Latin meaning "marked." (1)
Numbers
uncommon
Size
wingspan about 25-29 mm, based on several Internet photos
Identification
Adult: forewing bright white with three usually distinct transverse lines crossing wing; heavy brown or blackish patch mid-way along PM line, and another dark patch where PM line meets costa; outer margin falcate (having sickle-shaped indentation) near apex, and accented by dark fringe; hindwing similarly colored except for lack of dark patches on PM line; distinct point mid-way along outer margin, giving an almost tailed appearance
Range
Nova Scotia to British Columbia and Northwest Territories, south in the east to North Carolina, south in the west to Colorado and Oregon
Habitat
mixedwood and deciduous forests and woodlands; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
flight period peaks in June
Food
larvae feed on leaves of primarily birch (Betula) and alder (Alnus)
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as a pupa
See Also
Common Angle (Macaria aemulataria) is smaller (20-22 mm), does not occur in British Columbia, and wings are not as white as notata
Print References
Linnaeus, 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Clases, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Symonymis, Locis. Tomis I. 10th Edition Syst. Nat. (Edn 10) 1 : 523.
Pearsall, R.F., 1913. The Genus Philobia Duponchel, and Some Representatives in Our Fauna. (Lep., Geom.) Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 21: 188.