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Species Macaria pinistrobata - White Pine Angle - Hodges#6347

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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 pinistrobata (White Pine Angle - Hodges#6347)
Hodges Number
6347
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macaria pinistrobata (Ferguson, 1972)
Semiothisa pinistrobata Ferguson, 1972 (1)
Numbers
There are twenty-five named species of Macaria in America north of Mexico.(2)
Size
Forewing length (3)
males 12-15 mm.
females 12-14.5 mm.
Identification
Adults (3)
Similar to Macaria signaria but the ground color is more whitish with a black and white appearance.
Space between medial and postmedial bands is usually the palest.
Transverse lines are weaker as they approach the inner margin.
Melanistic individuals are more common in this species than all others in the tribe. The normal markings are obsolete on these darker individuals except the white subterminal line on the females.
Often confused with Macaria signaria and Macaria oweni. (3)
Range
Ontario to Nova Scotia and south to northern Georgia and South Carolina.(3)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some collection locations and dates.
Habitat
White pine forests.(3)
Food
Larval host is Pinus strobis L. (eastern white pine)(3), (1)
See Also
Macaria signaria is more lightly marked with brownish or gray brown ground color.(3)


Macaria oweni
Print References
Beadle, D. & S. Leckie, 2012. Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, p. 212.(4)
Ferguson, D.C., 2008. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 221; pl. 5.43-46. (3)
Ferguson, D.C., 1972. Two new conifer-feeding species of the genus Semiothisa (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), The Canadian Entomologist. (1)