|scientific name Leuconycta lepidula |
Woodland edges, meadows and mesic grassland in the parkland and grasslands region.
Adults have been collected in Alberta from mid June through mid July.
A medium-size (approx. 3.0 cm wingspan) delicate moth with mottled grey-brown and black wings with an olive tint. The most prominent markings are a black patch near the base of the costa and an inverted black triangle midway along the costa. The remainder of the forewings is mottled dark and pale brownish grey. The hindwings are dark grey, the fringe a mix of dark and pale scales. Antennae filiform and sexes alike.
Poorly known. There is a single annual brood. The adults are nocturnal and come to light.
Widespread but uncommon; no concerns.
No Alberta data; elsewhere dandelion (Taraxacum). (Forbes, 1954)
Nova Scotia south to North Carolina, west across southern Canada to the foothills in Alberta. In Alberta it occurs throughout the drier parts of the province, north to Lloydminster and west to the Calgary area.
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