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Species Metarranthis homuraria - Purplish Metarranthis - Hodges#6828

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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 Anagogini
Genus Metarranthis
Species homuraria (Purplish Metarranthis - Hodges#6828)
Hodges Number
6828
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Metarranthis homuraria (Grote & Robinson, 1868)
Endropia homuraria Grote & Robinson, 1868
Gonodontis homuraria
Size
wingspan about 30 mm, based on Moth Photographers Group specimen
Identification
Forewing dark reddish or purplish, and hindwing outer margin more or less scalloped
Range
eastern US states (New York to Florida)
See Also
Pangrapta decoralis - Has long labial palpi. Note triangular dot on hindwing.

Metarranthis hypochraria is larger and paler. According to the original description, "both species vary in the depth of color, but the palest homuraria is always ferruginous, while hypochraria, occasionally so pale as to be a dirty yellowish gray, never acquires the rusty brown of [homuraria]." There are many photos of homuraria on the Internet incorrectly identified as hypochraria.
Print References
Grote, A.R. & Robinson, C. T. 1868 Notes on the North American Lepidoptera in the British Museum and described by Mr. Francis Walker. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 2:80
Grote, A.R. 1877 Notes and descriptions of new moths. The Canadian Entomologist. 9(5): 89
Grote, A.R. 1882 Notes on certain Geometridae, with a new Byssodes from Florida. Papilio. 2(6): 100