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Geometridae
91a0755.1n – 6334.1   Macaria nervata Guenée, [1858]

[T] - TX - (cc) Bianca Banda
Distribution: USA: TX?, FL?
Type locality (nervata): "Brézil (Rio)".
Type locality (tractata): "North America".
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Synonymy: Macaria nervata Guenée, [1858]• Macaria tractata Walker, 1861• Macaria fractaria Walker, 1861
Taxonomic Notes: Macaria nervata Guenée, [1858] (described from Brazil) and it's synonym M. tractata Walker, 1861 (described from "North America") were listed by Ferguson (in Hodges et al. 1983:ix) (Checklist) as extralimital north of Mexico. Subsequently, these names were not included in either Ferguson (2008) MONA or Schmidt & McGuinness (in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) 2023). It is unclear who made the synonymy or on what grounds it was made, but Dyar (1902) seemed to attribute it to Packard. He also gave Florida as the locality. This treatment was apparently followed in checklists by Smith (1903:74), McDunnough (1938), etc. until the 1983 Checklist. A recent photo from Texas similar to BOLD specimens of "nervata" from Central America was submitted to iNaturalist and is included here.
References
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Dyar, H.G., 1902. A List of North American Lepidoptera and Key to the Literature of this Order of Insects. Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 52: 313.
  • Ferguson, D.C., 1983. In: Hodges, R. W. et al., Check List of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico including Greenland. - E. W. Classey Ltd. and the Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. website - PDF
  • Guenée, M.A., 1852. Noctuelites, 1. Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Species Général des Lépidoptères, 5: 85.
  • McDunnough, J.H., 1938. Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Canada and the United States of America, part 1, Macrolepidoptera. Memoirs of the Southern California Academy of Science, 1: 161.
  • Species Page at iNaturalist
  • Walker, F., 1861. Gemeotrites. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 23: 890.
Macaria nervata
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