Species Details

Macaria truncataria

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Common NameBlack-banded Orange SeasonalityA spring flier, found primarily in May (boreal), June (foothills), and July (alpine). IdentificationA small, bright, day-flying geometrid; the bold orange and white-bordered brown stripes across both fore- and hindwing are unique. Sexes are similar; males with pectinate antennae and females with simple antennae.

Scientific Name Macaria truncataria Common Name Black-banded Orange Habitat Open coniferous woods, particularly open montane pine woods and boreal peat bogs. Seasonality A spring flier, found primarily in May (boreal), June (foothills), and July (alpine). Identification A small, bright, day-flying geometrid; the bold orange and white-bordered brown stripes across both fore- and hindwing are unique. Sexes are similar; males with pectinate antennae and females with simple antennae. Life History
The eggs are laid on the underside of the leaf of the hostplant and hatch in one to two weeks. Larvae feed for about 40 days before pupating for the winter (McGuffin 1972). McGuffin (1972) describes the immature…
The eggs are laid on the underside of the leaf of the hostplant and hatch in one to two weeks. Larvae feed for about 40 days before pupating for the winter (McGuffin 1972). McGuffin (1972) describes the immature stages. Adults fly over barren areas where heaths (Ericaceae) grow, and are not known to be active by night. A local but occasionally common moth.
Conservation Not of concern in Alberta. Diet Info
Larvae feed on bearberry (Arctostaphylus) in Colorado (Dyar, in Forbes 1948) and leather-leaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata) in the eastern US (Wagner et al. 2001). Adults are often associated with Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Larvae feed on bearberry (Arctostaphylus) in Colorado (Dyar, in Forbes 1948) and leather-leaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata) in the eastern US (Wagner et al. 2001). Adults are often associated with Arctostaphylos uva-ursi in Alberta. Probably also feeds on other heaths such as Vaccinium in boreal peat bogs.
Range
A boreo-montane species. Alaska to Newfoundland, south in the Rockies to Colorado, and northern New England in the east (McGuffin 1972). In Alberta found in the mountains from the foothills to the alpine, as well as…
A boreo-montane species. Alaska to Newfoundland, south in the Rockies to Colorado, and northern New England in the east (McGuffin 1972). In Alberta found in the mountains from the foothills to the alpine, as well as in the Boreal Forest region.

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"Macaria truncataria, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-3931. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Geometroidea Family Geometridae Subfamily Ennominae Tribe Semiothisini Genus Macaria Species Macaria truncataria
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum