Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Psamatodes abydata (Guenée, )
Macaria abydata Guenée, 1857
Macaria puntolineata Packard, 1873
Semiothisa simulata Hulst, 1887
Semiothisa ochrata Warren, 1900
* phylogenetic sequence #188100
Adult - forewing speckled light yellowish- or grayish-brown with darker shading in subterminal area; PM line slightly scalloped, with dark dots at tips of scallops; AM and median lines brown, slightly irregular/wavy; discal spot a short oblique dash, faint or inconspicuous; terminal line a series of black dots; hindwing similarly colored but with prominent black discal spot, no AM line, and obvious point in wing about mid-way along outer margin; collar a thin black band; top of head reddish-orange.
Southern states from Arizona to Florida, regularly wandering north to Colorado, Kentucky, and other more northern states.
Psamatodes everiata forewing has a straighter/smoother PM line, a darker/heavier discal spot, and the species is apparently restricted to Arizona and Colorado
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forewing has 4 heavy black markings along costa, which are faint or lacking in punctolineata
(see images of these and related species in MPG links in Internet References section below)
Boisduval, J. A. & A. Guenée 1857. Histoire Naturelle Des Insectes: Species Général Des Lépidoptères 10, Uranides et Phalanites 2: 80
Ferguson, D. C. 2008. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2: p.171; pl.4.6-9 (1)
Hulst, G. D. 1887. New species of Geometridae, No. 3. Entomologica Americana 2(10): 188
Warren, W. 1900. New genera and species of American Drepanulidae, Thyrididae, Epiplemidae and Geometridae. Novitates Zoologicae 7(2): 206
Moth Photographers Group
- range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
pinned adult image
plus date and location (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
presence in Florida; list
(John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Kentucky; county map
plus date and location (Jeffrey Marcus, Western Kentucky U.)
and references (Markku Savela, FUNET)