Macara alydda

Macara alydda

''Macara alydda'' is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It was described by Herbert Druce in 1887. It is found in Costa Rica and Napo Province, Ecuador. The habitat consists of montane cloud forests.
Macara alydda Dapa, Valle Del Cauca
2100 m Macara alydda

Appearance

The forewings are dark silky brown, with the outer margin, from the apex to the anal angle, broadly banded with pale fawn. There is a series of silvery white spots on the inner side of the pale colour. There are two black spots close to the apex and a pale-fawn mark at the end of the cell. The hindwings are uniform pale silky grey.
Macara alydda Dapa, Valle Del Cauca
2100m Macara alydda

Naming

*''Macara alydda alydda''
⤷ ''Macara alydda nigella''
Macara alydda Dapa, Valle Del Cauca
2100 m
 Macara alydda

Food

The larvae have been recorded feeding on a wide range of host plants, including ''Miconia capitellata'', ''Miconia dielsii'', ''Monochaetum lineatum'', ''Tibouchina lepidota'', ''Nectandra'' species, ''Gunnera brephogea'', ''Disterigma acuminatum'', ''Psammisia'' species, ''Croton'' species, ''Alchornea pearcei'', ''Alchornea grandis'', ''Acalypha scandens'', ''Acalypha macrstachya'', ''Acalypha platyphylla'', ''Erythrina edulis'', ''Weinmania balbisiana'', ''Clusia multiflora'', ''Cayaponia macrocalix'', ''Chusquea scandens'' and ''Rubus'' species. Early instar larvae feed in large groups.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyMegalopygidae
GenusMacara
SpeciesM. alydda
Photographed in
Colombia
Ecuador