|scientific name Amblyptilia pica |
Throughout Alberta, wherever the larval host plants occur.
Adultsare found in both spring and fall. In eastern Canada, adults fly from May-Oct. (Landry, 1987).
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.
The larvae are both external feeders of foliage and internal borers of seedpods. The adults overwinter.
This species is common and widespread.
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.)
Found throughout Northwestern North America, and throughout Alberta.
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