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Species Macaria abruptata - Hodges#6294

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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
Species abruptata (Macaria abruptata - Hodges#6294)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macaria abruptata Walker, 1862)
Itame abruptata
described in 1862 by Walker, who originally placed it in genus Camptogramma
wingspan about 21-22 mm, based on three Internet photos
Adult: forewing light yellowish-brown with blurry coalesced speckling; basal, AM, and PM lines diffuse brown; fragmented black patch midway along PM line is the only dark marking, and contrasts sharply against ground color; sharp-angled jog in PM line near costa; indistinct pale patch at apex; terminal area has slightly darker shading; hindwing similar but lacks black patch; discal spot small, blurry, faint; outer margins of all wings rounded, not angular or pointed
northeastern United States and adjacent Canada (Internet records from MD, MI, NY, ON, PA, QC, VA, WI)
sandy riparian and lakeside areas where larval foodplant grows
adults fly in June and July
larvae feed on leaves of Common Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Life Cycle
Larva; prepupal larva; pupa; adult; adult
Apparently a local or rare species with a restricted diet, short flight season, and limited distribution. Global status G4 as of 2003.
See Also
Other Macaria species lack the combination of a sharp-angled jog in the PM line near the costa and a black patch midway along the PM line as the only dark marking on the forewing (compare images of numerous related species at CBIF and by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Print References
Ferguson, D. C., 2008. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2: p. 86; pl. 2.10-12. (1)
Sihvonen, P. & P. Skou, 2015. Ennominae I. In: A. Hausmann (ed.): The Geometrid Moths of Europe, 5: 1-657.(2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2, Geometroidea, Geometridae, Ennominae.
Douglas C. Ferguson . 2008. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
2.Ennominae I. In: A. Hausmann (ed.): The Geometrid Moths of Europe, 5
Sihvonen, P. & P. Skou. 2015. Brill.