Species Details

Macaria plumosata

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IdentificationA small (2.5cm wingspan) yellow-buff geometrid moth. The forewings are crossed by poorly defined and somewhat sinuous brown antemedian, median and postmedian lines, the later most prominent, All are thicker and darker where they meet the costa. There is a dark brown blotch on the outside of the postmedian line midway, a second one at the costa above, and a terminal line comprised of a series of dark dots or short dashes. The hindwings are crossed by faint partial antemedian and more complete median lines. Both wings are covered with a light dusting of dark brown scales. Male antennae are broadly bipectinate. Similar to Macaria occiduaria, which is brighter yellow with more sharply defined dark markings and lacks the dusting of dark scales.

Scientific Name Macaria plumosata Habitat Open shaded mesic shrubby woodland. Identification
A small (2.5cm wingspan) yellow-buff geometrid moth. The forewings are crossed by poorly defined and somewhat sinuous brown antemedian, median and postmedian lines, the later most prominent, All are thicker and darker…
A small (2.5cm wingspan) yellow-buff geometrid moth. The forewings are crossed by poorly defined and somewhat sinuous brown antemedian, median and postmedian lines, the later most prominent, All are thicker and darker where they meet the costa. There is a dark brown blotch on the outside of the postmedian line midway, a second one at the costa above, and a terminal line comprised of a series of dark dots or short dashes. The hindwings are crossed by faint partial antemedian and more complete median lines. Both wings are covered with a light dusting of dark brown scales. Male antennae are broadly bipectinate. Similar to Macaria occiduaria, which is brighter yellow with more sharply defined dark markings and lacks the dusting of dark scales.
Life History Poorly known. Adults come to light. The only Alberta specimen was collected on August 31, 2005. Maple (Acer) is the reported host plant; Mountain Maple (Acer glabrum Torr.) is a possible host in Alberta. Diet Info Maple (Acer) is the reported host plant; Mountain Maple (Acer glabrum Torr.) is a possible host in Alberta Range
A western species, ranging from extreme southwestern Alberta and southern B.C. south to Arizona and California. The only Alberta specimens were colected at Waterton Lakes National Park in 2005-6. The occur in open…
A western species, ranging from extreme southwestern Alberta and southern B.C. south to Arizona and California. The only Alberta specimens were colected at Waterton Lakes National Park in 2005-6. The occur in open shaded mesic shrubby woodland.
Notes A single specimen collected in late August 2005 was the first Alberta report. A series were collected in the same area the following year.

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"Macaria plumosata, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6082. Accessed 27 Oct. 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 plumosata
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