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Genus Macaria

Unknown moth pair - Macaria truncataria - male Hemlock Angle Moth - Macaria fissinotata Speranza pustularia - Macaria pustularia - male - female Speranza pustularia - Macaria pustularia Macaria multilineata Moth to porch light  - Macaria pustularia Macaria colata sp? - Macaria colata - female Macaria fissinotata - Macaria
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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 Macaria
Other Common Names
Many species have the word Angle in their common name.
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macaria Curtis, 1826
Eutropa Hübner, [1831]
Philobia Duponchel, 1829
Sciagraphia Hulst, 1896
Speranza Curtis, 1828(1)
Pseudoisturgia Povolny & Moucha, 1957
Itame (in part)
Semiothisa (in part)
* In 2008, various species were transferred into Speranza, Letispe, Epelis, and Psamatodes.(2)
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Macaria is from Greek mythology, the daughter of Hercules. (3)
The genera Speranza nd Epelis Hulst, 1896 are treated as a synonym of Macaria by MPG(4), Pohl et al. (2016)(5) and Pohl et al. (2018)(6) following Sihvonen & Skou (2015:142)(1), reversing Ferguson (2008)(2).
More than 100 species in North America, listed under Itame and Semiothisa . 42 species in Canada (CBIF).
Wingspan 18-35 mm (except in flightless females that have greatly reduced wings).
Adults of most species have light gray or brown wings (a few are yellow or white) usually with dark markings along the costa, and a dark discal spot in a number of species; some species are unmarked, but many have lines and speckling that ranges from dark and heavy to pale and indistinct - the range of variation in pattern and color makes the genus difficult to describe in general terms.
Represented throughout North America.
Coniferous, mixed, or deciduous forests, plantations, parklands, and woodlots.
Adults usually fly from May to September.
Larvae of many species feed on leaves of coniferous trees; some species feed on broad-leaved trees or shrubs, and a few on herbaceous plants
Life Cycle
One generation per year, occasionally two.
See Also
Many common species are listed under Itame and Semiothisa in older publications.
Print References
Scoble, M.J. (Ed) 1999. Geometrid Moths of the World. A Catalogue. NHM Publishing, London. 1312 pp.
Internet References
pinned adult images of all 42 species in Canada (CBIF)
name change examples (Dalton State College, Georgia)
Works Cited
1.Ennominae I. In: A. Hausmann (ed.): The Geometrid Moths of Europe, 5
Sihvonen, P. & P. Skou. 2015. Brill.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2, Geometroidea, Geometridae, Ennominae.
Douglas C. Ferguson . 2008. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
3.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.Annotated taxonomic checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico
Pohl, G.R., Patterson, B., & Pelham, J.P. 2016.
6.Annotated checklist of the moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) of Canada and Alaska
Pohl, et al. 2018. Pensoft, 580 pages.