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Macaria notata (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: April 3, 2022, 2:21 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Ennominae > Tribus: Macariini > Genus: Macaria > Species: Macaria notata
Vernacular names
Klaverblaadje (NL), Peacock (EN), La Philobie tachetée (FR), Hellgrauer Eckflügelspanner (DE)
Macaria notataria (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 15 (as notataria). view page




Wingspan: 28–32 mm. In fresh specimens it has a continuous thin dark line along the termen on the underside of both wings.

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Specimens in nature


Males: the genitalia of males Macaria notata and Macaria alternata are almost indistinguishable. On Macaria alternata, the sacculus is stated to be slightly more protruding than on M. notata, but this should not be regarded as diagnostic, however examination of the eighth sternite is usually sufficient for ID.
Eight sternite deeply cleft, lobes set wide apart.
Females: Bursa copulatrix shorter than ductus bursae.


Hibernates as pupa among plant debris.
The adults are active from dusk and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: from half April till mid June and again from mid July till begin September.

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Host plant (genera):

The larva lives on deciduous trees, but with a preference for Betula.

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