Macaria wauaria

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Macaria wauaria
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Tribe: Macariini
Genus: Macaria
Species: M. wauaria
Binomial name
Macaria wauaria
(Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Phalaena wauaria Linnaeus, 1758

Macaria wauaria, the v-moth, is a moth of the family Geometridae. It has a Holarctic distribution.


The length of the forewings is 14–17 mm.. All wings have a generally light grey to purple-grey ground colour. The forewing apex is slightly angular. There are four dark brown stains, of which the second from the inside has a distinctive v-shaped angle extended from the costa. The hind wings show a slightly darkened marginal band. The antennae of the males are combed on both sides.


Occurs from Morocco through North and Central Europe to the Russian Far East , Siberia, Amur and Kamchatka and Central Asia.The North limit distribution area is Lapland.It also occurs in Labrador, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia .In the mountains rises to a height of 1700 meters.


The moth flies from May to July [1].

The larva feeds on Ribes.

Habitats include hedges, forest edges, orchards, and park landscapes. Also synanthropic in orchards.


  1. ^ The flight season refers to Belgium and the Netherlands. This may vary in other parts of the range.

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