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Species Macrurocampa marthesia - Mottled Prominent - Hodges#7975

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Heterocampinae
Genus Macrurocampa
Species marthesia (Mottled Prominent - Hodges#7975)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macrurocampa marthesia (Cramer, [1780])
* phylogenetic sequence #930067
The original description of the species by Pieter Cramer was published in 1780 (some sources say 1779) with the name Phalaena marthesia
Listed by some sources as Fentonia marthesia
Two Macrurocampa species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
wingspan 38-55 mm
Adult: forewing blackish to grayish-brown from base to AM line; white, gray, brownish, green, or turquoise mottling beyond it (fresh and/or northern specimens seem more likely to contain green); double AM line bends sharply at midpoint; ST line toothed and parallel to outer margin; melanic specimens dark gray with slight whitish mottling
hindwing whitish with gray veins and outer margin
[adapted from description by Charles Covell]

Larva: head large with yellow lateral band, edged inwardly with broad, irregular, reddish-brown band; body somewhat triangular in cross section, pale green flecked with purple spots; yellow dorsal stripe often edged with red; oblique yellow lines run through abdominal spiracles; top of first thoracic segment with 2 small reddish warts; last segment with 2 "tails", proportionately longer in earlier instars
[adapted from description by David Wagner and Valerie Giles]
eastern North America (Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Texas, north to Manitoba)
deciduous forests
adults fly from April to September in the south, June to August in the north
larvae June to October
larvae feed on leaves of beech, maple, oak, and other deciduous trees
Life Cycle
two generations per year in the south, one in the north
Larvae spin cocoons between leaves on the ground to pupate.(2)
Overwinter as pupa(2)
Print References
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
live adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.