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scientific name    Autographa metallica    

common name     Shanded Gold Spot

habitat
Open woodland, clearings and edges.

seasonality
No Alberta data. Elsewhere, adults have been captured in July and August.

identification
A medium-size (3.8-4.0 cm wingspan) red-brown moth. Forewings are dark red-brown, paler along the terminal margin and on the upper half inside the subterminal line. The stigma is a single simple silvery-gold teardrop. Hindwings are light brown, shading into a wide, dark terminal band. The antennae are simple and both the sexes are alike. Metallica has a similar shape and color to A. bimaculata, which has a different shape two-part stigma.

life history
Adults are nocturnal and come to light. Little else is known about this species.

conservation
An uncommon moth at the eastern edge of its range in the mountains of Alberta. No obvious concerns.

diet info
Unknown. Possibly a general feeder on herbaceous plants like most species in the genus.

range
A western species. Reported from the southern Alaska coast and the Queen Charlotte and Vancouver Islands south to central California, east to the Alberta-British Columbia border and south in the Rocky Mountains to central Colorado. In Alberta, it has been collected only in the mountains in the extreme southwest corner of the province.

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http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=1127



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