Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) ➔ Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods) ➔ Class Insecta (Insects) ➔ Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and moths) ➔ Family Geometridae (Inchworm moths)

Macaria notata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Hellgrauer Eckflügelspanner Peacock Moth

Synonyms:

Phalaena notata Linnaeus, 1758 [original combination] | Semiothisa notata (Linnaeus, 1758) | Geometra notataria Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 | Macaria notaria Morris, 1861 | Philobia ulsterata Pearsall, 1913 |

  • Macaria notata  1444
    Macaria notata (Linnaeus, 1758)  Hellgrauer Eckflügelspanner  Peacock Moth 
    Macaria notata
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2009-05-09 13:31:36
    Image number: 1444

    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2009-05-09 13:31:36

  • Macaria notata  1652
    Macaria notata (Linnaeus, 1758)  Hellgrauer Eckflügelspanner  Peacock Moth 
    Macaria notata; det. Thomas Fähnrich
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2007-05-05 11:00:07
    Image number: 1652

    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2007-05-05 11:00:07
    det. Thomas Fähnrich
  • Macaria notata  8571
    Macaria notata (Linnaeus, 1758)  Hellgrauer Eckflügelspanner  Peacock Moth 
    Macaria notata; conf. Bernd-Otto Bennedsen
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2018-07-08 11:54:46
    Image number: 8571

    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2018-07-08 11:54:46
    conf. Bernd-Otto Bennedsen

Classification:
Macaria notata belongs to the subfamily Ennominae.
Distribution:
Holarctic.
Habitat:
Deciduous and mixed forests, forest edges, meadows rich in bushes.
Description:
Wingspan 28 - 32 mm; grey-white base coloration; forewings with dark patches and an indentation at the outer edge near the tip; fringes half dark in the indentation; hindwings with distinct tip.
A similar species is the Sharp-angled Peacock Macaria alternata. The Peacock Moth is usually slightly paler and has a dark line around the hindwing fringe, which is broken or dotted in the Sharp-angled Peacock. In the Sharp-angled Peacock the indentation near the forewing tip is more concave and the fringes are uniformly dark there.
Biology:
The Peacock Moth Macaria notata flies in Central Europe from May to September and forms 2 generations per year.
The caterpillars feed on the leaves of deciduous trees, including birch (Betula), oak (Quercus), poplar (Populus), alder (Alnus) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa).
Macaria notata hibernates in the pupal stage.

References, further reading, links:
  1. Bestimmungshilfe des Lepiforums