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Species Mellilla xanthometata - Orange Wing - Hodges#6322

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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 Mellilla
Species xanthometata (Orange Wing - Hodges#6322)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mellilla xanthometata (Walker, 1862)
M. chamaechrysaria
Fidonia xanthometata
Explanation of Names
Mellilla xanthometata (Walker, 1862), previously renumbered 6271.1, is returned to 6322 following the 1983 Hodges Checklist at MPG. (1)
The only species in this genus in North America.
Wingspan 16-21 mm.

Most of eastern North America.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with some collection dates.
Most records are from March through October.
Two broods with one in early spring (March) and another in late June.(2)
Covell's Guide (3) gives "locust trees" as the larval foodplant but doesn't specify whether that means Gleditsia species or Robinia species - or both
Larry Line states that larvae feed on Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
Life Cycle
Larva; Mating pair:
Adults are active day and night. (3)
Type specimen was collected in Buffalo, New York.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C., 2008. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 64; pl. 1, figs. 46-50. (2)
Internet References
adult images plus common name reference, dates, and larval foodplant (Larry Line, Maryland)
common name reference plus foodplant and flight season (Ohio State U.)
presence and status in Ontario; list (NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
presence in New York; list (Timothy McCabe, Olive Natural Heritage Society)
presence in South Carolina; county distribution map (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
presence in Texas; list (Dale Clark, Texas)
classification history plus type specimen location, synonyms, references (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)
Works Cited
1.North American Moth Photographers Group
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2, Geometroidea, Geometridae, Ennominae.
Douglas C. Ferguson . 2008. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
3.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.