|scientific name Euxoa dodi |
Arid shortgrass sagebrush grasslands; foothills grasslands in open pine forest.
Adults have been collected in Alberta from mid August through the first week of September.
A medium-size (3.0-3.2 cm wingspan) brown moth. Head and thorax brown. Forewings brown or grey-brown with dark markings. The basal, antemedian, postmedian and subterminal lines are prominent and, except for the last, doubled and filled with lighter brown scales. Basal and subterminal areas of the wing lighter than the rest, terminal area darker. The reniform, orbicular and in particular the claviform spot are prominent and outlined in black. The hindwings are light smoky brown, darker towards the margin. The brown color, busy pattern and prominent black outlined claviform will usually identify dodi. Most similar to the closely related E. infracta, which is darker, less patterned and has coppery scaling; there are also genitalic differences. E. dodi belongs to the detersa group of the subgenus Euxoa. Keys to the group, subgenera and species are provided in Lafontaine 1987.
Poorly known. There is a single annual brood, with adults flying in late summer. Adults are nocturnal and come to light. The early stages are unknown, as are the host plants.
A fairly common, widespread species.
No information available.
Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, east to eastern North Dakota, south to southern New Mexico and west to western Wyoming and Montana. In Alberta dodi has been collected in the grasslands region north to Dinosaur Provincial Park and west to the foothills at Calgary and Lethbridge.
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