Macaria wauaria

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

Macaria wauaria, the V-moth, is a moth of the family Geometridae. It has a Holarctic distribution. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae.


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 hindwings show a slightly darkened marginal band. The antennae of the males are combed on both sides.


The species occurs from Morocco through northern and central Europe to the Russian Far East, Siberia, Amur, Kamchatka and Central Asia. The northern limit distribution area is Lapland. It also occurs in Labrador, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. In the mountains it 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.

External links[edit]

  • Kimber, Ian. "70.215 BF1897 The V-Moth Macaria wauaria (Linnaeus, 1758)". UKMoths. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  • Jonko, Christopher European Butterflies and Moths.
  • Lepiforum e.V.
  • De Vlinderstichting (in Dutch)