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Species Macaria simpliciata - Hodges#6316

Speranza simpliciata - Hodges #6316 - Macaria simpliciata - female
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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 simpliciata (Macaria simpliciata - Hodges#6316)
Hodges Number
6316
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macaria simpliciata (Barnes & McDunnough, 1918)
Speranza simpliciata (Barnes & McDunnough, 1918)
Itame simpliciata (Barnes & McDunnough, 1918
Size
Ferguson (2008) listed the forewing length. (1)
♂ 11-13 mm.
♀ 12 mm.
Identification
Macaria simpliciata resembles Macaria pallipennata, but has no discal spot, is much less boldly marked, and has no checkered fringe. (1)
Range
Western Texas to Arizona. (2), (3), (1)
Collection sites included Chiricahua Mountains, Porta, Bisbee, Cochise, Redington, and Pima counties in Arizona. (1)
Eddy and Lincoln counties in New Mexico. (1)
Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis County, and the Sierra Diablo, Culberson County in Texas. (1)
Habitat
Dry mountainous areas up to 6,000' elevation. (1)
Season
The main flight period is March to August. (2), (1)
Food
Ferguson (2008) reported the host plant and early stages are unknown. (1)
Remarks
Macaria simpliciata is rare in collections. (1)
See Also
Macaria pallipennata is more boldly marked and has a distinct discal dot.
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group. (2)
Print References
Ferguson, D.C., 2008. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 160; pl. 3, figs. 53-55. (1)
Sihvonen, P. & P. Skou, 2015. Ennominae I. In: A. Hausmann (ed.): The Geometrid Moths of Europe, 5.(4)