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scientific name    Amblyptilia pica    

habitat
Throughout Alberta, wherever the larval host plants occur.

seasonality
Adultsare found in both spring and fall. In eastern Canada, adults fly from May-Oct. (Landry, 1987).

identification
Small moths with dark grey forewings mottled with black. The costal triangle is well developed, and the third lobe of the hindwing has a distinct scale tooth. Male genitalia are unique in having a sclerotized cucullus, bristled uncus and saccus. It is readily identified by these wing and genitalic characters.

life history
The larvae are both external feeders of foliage and internal borers of seedpods. The adults overwinter.

conservation
This species is common and widespread.

diet info
No Alberta data. Elsewhere reported to utilize snapdragons (Scrophulariaceae), Geraniums (Geraniaceae), Primulaceae, Labiatae and Caprifoliaceae (Lange, 1950). The adults can be found in early spring nectaring on pussy willow flowers (Salix sp.)

range
Found throughout Northwestern North America, and throughout Alberta.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=1823



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