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scientific name    Condica    

habitat
Alberta species have been collected in dry open areas, including sage grasslands, sandhills and badl

seasonality
Adults have been collected in Alberta in late June and July.

identification
Condica belong to the newly erected Noctuid subfamily Condicinae Poole, tribe Condicini (Poole, 1995), which in addition to Condica contains the genera Ogdoconta and Homophoberia. Until recently (i.e. Hodges 1982) Condica was placed in the genus Platysenta. There are at least 20 named species of Condica, occurring from the southern end of South America north to southern Canada, and one in Europe. Most Condica are medium-sized moths with relatively small bodies and broad wings. They are mostly brown, often yellow brown or red brown. Many have a characteristic white spot(s) marking the reniform. Antennae in both sexes are simple.

life history
Poorly known. Larvae of some species feed on herbaceou plants. Adults are nocturnal and come to light.

conservation
Condica are uncommon at the northern edge of their range in southern Alberta.

diet info
Larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants. Hosts for Condica sp. include asters (Aster), goldenrod (Solidago) and Spanish needles (Bidens)(Asteraceae), and one species has been reported as injurious to celery crops (Crumb, 1956).

range
Condica occur from southern South America north through the Caribean and Central America to southern Canada. Five species reach southern Canada, with C. videns and C. discistriga reaching southern Alberta.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=24832



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