metarranthis moth

(Metarranthis spp.)

Overview
metarranthis moth (Metarranthis sp.)
Photo by Luciearl
 
  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.      
           
 
Description
 
 

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.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

24, 27, 29, 30, 71, 82.

 
  7/7/2020      
         
 
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  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

angled metarranthis (Metarranthis angularia)

common metarranthis (Metarranthis hypochraria)

pale metarranthis (Metarranthis indeclinata)

ruddy metarranthis (Metarranthis duaria)

 
       
 

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Common Names

 
 

metarranthis moth

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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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.

metarranthis moth (Metarranthis sp.)


     
     
 
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Created: 7/7/2020

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