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Species Macaria quadrilinearia - Hodges#6288

San Bernardino forest moth 8 - Macaria quadrilinearia - male Speranza Moth - Macaria quadrilinearia - male Speranza Moth - Macaria quadrilinearia - male Macariini? - Macaria quadrilinearia - female Geometrid Moth - Macaria quadrilinearia - male Geometrid Moth - Macaria quadrilinearia - male Four-lined Macaria Moth - Macaria quadrilinearia - female Macaria quadrilinearia - female
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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 quadrilinearia (Macaria quadrilinearia - Hodges#6288)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macaria quadrilinearia (Packard, 1873)
Halia quadrilinearia - Packard, 1873
Semiothisa inquinaria - Hulst, 1887
Tephrina disparata - Warren, 1904
Selidosema pallescens - Grossbeck, 1907
Explanation of Names
quadri Latin meaning four
linea is the Latin word meaning a line which describes the four transverse lines crossing the forewing(1)
forewing length in males is 11-16 mm and females average slightly larger at 14-16 mm.(2)
a western species from British Columbia south to southern California; occurs in Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. Ferguson mentions it is absent from Arizona and Montana.(2)
larvae feed on Ceanothus species(2) - host genus information
See Also
in California it can be confused with Macaria extemporata(2)
*pinned photograph at Moth Photographers Group
Print References
Ferguson, Douglas C., The Moths of North America, Fascicle 17.2, Geometroidea, Geometridae, Ennominae (part: Abaxini, Cassymini, Macariini) 2008; p. 140; pl. 3:28-31(2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photographs of pinned adult and related species for comparison.
BOLD - species account with photographs of pinned adults and DNA sequence *(listed as Macaria quadrilinearia)
California Moth Specimens Database - collection records for California
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2, Geometroidea, Geometridae, Ennominae.
Douglas C. Ferguson . 2008. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.