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Species Macaria simplex - Hodges#6281

Speranza simplex - Hodges #6281 - Macaria simplex - male Speranza simplex? - Macaria simplex - male Speranza simplex? - Macaria simplex - 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 Macaria
Species simplex (Macaria simplex - Hodges#6281)
Hodges Number
6281
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macaria simplex (Dyar, 1907)
Speranza simplex(Dyar, 1907)
Pygmaena simplex Dyar, 1907
Numbers
There are over 50 Macaria species in America north of Mexico. (1)
Size
Forewing length(1)
♂ 12-15 mm.
♀ 9 mm
Identification
The original description as Pygmaena simplex Dyar, is available online at the link in the print references below.
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Forewing is plain gray-brown with evenly rounded outer margin.
There is usually a thin dark postmedial line but it can be faint or missing.
Forewing and hindwing have discal spot.
Range
Wyoming to Alberta and British Columbia.(1)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Habitat
Found at elevations of 5,000 to 10,300'.(1)
Season
Adults fly from mid-July through August.(1)
Food
Larval host is unknown but adults are often found near willows. (1)
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Dyar, H.G. 1907. New American Lepidoptera. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 15: 232.
Ferguson, D.C., 2008. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2. p. 130; pl. 3.10-11.(1)
Sihvonen, P. & P. Skou, 2015. Ennominae I. In: A. Hausmann (ed.): The Geometrid Moths of Europe, 5.Cite: 1531215