metarranthis moth

(Metarranthis spp.)

               
Overview

Metarranthis is a genus of typical geometer moths. They occur in the United States east of the Great Plains and across southern Canada. There are records of the genus in the west but these are few and widely scattered. There are 13 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 4 species in Minnesota. Most are found in late spring and early summer in deciduous woodlands and forests. Larvae feed on the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs, adults on flower nectar.

metarranthis moth (Metarranthis sp.)

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Identification

Adults have broad forewings that are distinctly pointed at the tip. They have a wingspan of 1 to 11116 (26 to 43 mm). Identification to species is difficult due to a variation in size, color, and wing markings.

 
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Sources: 24, 27, 29, 30, 71, 82.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Geometroidea (inchworm moths)

 

Family:

Geometridae (geometer moths)

 

Subfamily:

Ennominae (typical geometers)

 

Tribe:

Anagogini

 

Genus:

Metarranthis

 
Subordinate Taxa

angled metarranthis (Metarranthis angularia)

common metarranthis (Metarranthis hypochraria)

pale metarranthis (Metarranthis indeclinata)

ruddy metarranthis (Metarranthis duaria)

 
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If I had not seen this flutter to the ground, I would've mistaken it for a piece of red pine bark.

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Luciearl
6/8/2020

Location: Cass County

If I had not seen this flutter to the ground, I would've mistaken it for a piece of red pine bark.

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Created: 7/7/2020

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