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Species Epipaschia superatalis - Dimorphic Macalla - Hodges#5577

5577 Dimorphic Macalla Moth  - Epipaschia superatalis Dimorphic Macalla Moth - Hodges#5577 - Epipaschia superatalis Poison Ivy Caterpillar - Epipaschia superatalis Dimorphic Macalla Moth - Epipaschia superatalis    - Epipaschia superatalis Moth to porch light  - Epipaschia superatalis Dimorphic Macalla - Epipaschia superatalis Epipaschia superatalis
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Epipaschiinae
Genus Epipaschia
Species superatalis (Dimorphic Macalla - Hodges#5577)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epipaschia superatalis Clemens, 1860
Macalla superatalis
Pococera superatalis
Phylogenetic sequence # 165800
The only species in the genus found in America north of Mexico
Wingspan 17-25 mm
Adult: forewing greenish to postmedial (PM) line and reddish-brown beyond

Larva: Stage V. - Head black, a bright white spot in the clypeus, dot on paraclypeus and long spot each side of clypeus; width 1.5 mm. Dorsal band orange; sides black with light blue lines approximate in the center; subcenter pale yellow, venter and feet whitish, anal feet black above. No shields. -- Dyar, H. J. 1904. Poison Ivy Caterpillars. J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 12: 249-250. (google books)… Karl Hillig, 12 December, 2011
Eastern North America
Deciduous forest?
Late May to August
Food plants, Toxicodendron radicans, Toxicodendron vernix — Dyar, H. J. 1904. Poison Ivy Caterpillars. J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 12(4): 249–250
Life Cycle
Larva; pre-pupal larva; pupa; adult
Note by James C. Trager, Aug 2018 - The food plants listed above are currently known as Toxicodendron radicans and T. vernix. It wouldn't surprise one to learn that T. rydbergii and other North American species of the genus are eaten, as well. Caterpillar enthusiasts should be on the lookout for these additional records, possibly even on the closely related, subtropical poisonwood, Metopium toxiferum, found in the Florida keys.
Print References
Covell, (1) p. 406, plate 58 #17.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.