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Species Rindgea prolificata - Hodges#6409.1

Moth - Rindgea prolificata Moth - Rindgea prolificata Hodges#6409.1 - Rindgea prolificata - female Hodges#6409.1 - Rindgea prolificata Rindgea prilificata - Rindgea prolificata - female Rindgea prilificata - Rindgea prolificata - female Species Rindgea prolificata - Hodges#6409.1 - Rindgea prolificata - male Species Rindgea prolificata - Hodges#6409.1 - Rindgea prolificata - male
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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 Macariini
Genus Rindgea
Species prolificata (Rindgea prolificata - Hodges#6409.1)
Hodges Number
6409.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rindgea prolificata Ferguson, 2008 (1)
Numbers
There are 13 named species of Rindgea in America north of Mexico. (2),
Size
Forewing length of both sexes 10-13 mm.(1)
Identification
"Adults have a mottled/gritty, sandy-tone overall appearance, with distinct but not dark or bold transverse lines (median line variable). Notably in this species is that the black blotch on the PM line is quite diffuse, distinguishing it from some similar species (i.e., R.nigricomma, R.stipularia) that have well-defined black blotches. Also, the post median area of the FW and HW in prolificata are typically more concolorous with the rest of the wing, and not nearly as darkened, as in species such as nigricomma and stipualaria, which always have strongly contrasted darkened post median areas."-JDR


This specimen photographed by Randy Hardy represents a typical prolificata:
Range
Southern California(3), Arizona(4) to Texas.(1)
Type location: Smith Canyon, 5750', Guadalupe Mts., Culberson Co., Texas(1)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Season
Adults are seen all months except January in Texas. (1)
Arizona records are April to October. (1)
California records for March, July, and September. (1)
Food
Larvae feed on sweet acacia, Acacia farnesiana (A. smallii) (L.) Willd.
See Also
Often confused with Digrammia pallidata in Texas and Rindgea parcata in California and Arizona. Ground color is darker and browner than the whitish color of these two species. (1)
Compare to others on the archived photos of living moths and pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C. 2008. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2, Geometroidea, Geometridae, Ennominae. p. 332, pl. 8, figs. 36-38.(1)
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