|scientific name Psychophora suttoni |
A medium-size (approx 3 cm wingspan) broad-winged brown diurnal moth. The wings are medium-dark brown, with faint wavy crosslines, the most prominent being the antemedian and postmedian. There is a dark discal spot on the forewing, and a faint discal mark on the hindwing, and the veins are lined with slightly darker brown scales. The wings are lightly checkered with darker scales at the veins. Male antennae bipectinate, female simple. Most likely to be mistaken for a Dodia species (Arctiinae). Similar also to Macaria simplex which is much smaller, and species of Entephria, which are paler and with a much more contracting pattern.
Diurnal. Almost nothing is known of the life history. Alberta specimens were collected from mid July through mid-August. Possibly bi-annual in Alberta.
Arctic Alpine – from northern Quebec across Nunavut to Yukon, south in the Mountains to southern Alberta and BC. In Alberta it has been collected in the Willmore Widernesss area, at Nordegg and Lake Louise.
There are very few Alberta collections. It was also collected recently in adjacent BC, at Mt. Assiniboine (Dean Nicholson)
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