|scientific name Eosphoropteryx thyatyroides |
common name Pink-patched Looper Moth, Pink-tinted Beauty
Lush meadows, open deciduous woodland, woodland clearings and edges.
Adults have been collected in Alberta in late July and August.
A medium-size moth (3.1-3.8 cm wingspan) with elongate shining grey and pink forewings. The forewings have an egg-shaped pink basal patch capped with a dark blackish streak. Central areas of the forewings are dark grey-brown, with a prominent silver two-part stigma, comprised of a u-shaped segment and a separate elongate silver spot. The darker central area is continued as a blackish streak running almost to the apex. The terminal area above the streak is pink and grey, as is the area around the anal angle. Hindwings are dull grey-brown with an indistinct pale median band and a moderately checkered fringe. Antennae are simple and the sexes are similar. The only species even remotely resembling this moth is the much larger and differently patterned Euthyatira pudens.
Adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single brood each year.
Rather local and uncommon, but the habitat is secure and the range extensive; no concerns.
No Alberta data; elsewhere reported to utilize Meadow-rue (Thalictrum sp.).
From Nova Scotia west across southern Canada to Vancouver Island; south in the west to southern Oregon and in the east to Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. In Alberta, it has been collected mainly along the southern Boreal Forest, north to the Lac la Biche area and west to Edmonton and in the southern foothills.
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