|scientific name Gnophaela vermiculata (Grote)|
common name Green Lattice, Police Car Moth
In Alberta, This species occurs in open, wooded areas of the foothills and boreal forest.
In Alberta adults of this species are most common in July and August.
Although there are a number of similar-looking species in the genus, this is the only species that occurs in Canada. The large size, black and white pattern in combination with the elongate wings and diurnal acitivity are unique to this species in Alberta. Royal Alberta Museum page
Adults are diurnal, and avidly visit nectar sources such as thistle (Cirsium spp.) and goldenrod (Solidago spp.).
Generally common throughout its Alberta range.
Members of the Borage family, usually Lungwort (Mertensia paniculata). Also feeds on Puccoon (Lithospermum spp.) and Stickseed (Hackelia spp.) in the foothills.
Western Manitoba west to B.C., south to Utah and Colorado.
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