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scientific name    Argyrotaenia occultana    

common name     Fall Spruce Needle Moth

habitat
Spruce forests.

seasonality
End of April to late June.

identification
The forewing is light grey with fine dark grey or black reticulations throughout. Broad bands slanted towards the anal angle are prominent in the basal, median and upper postmedian areas. The head and thorax are dark grey and the abdomen and hindwings are light grey. The larva is green with a darker green middorsal stripe and with some brown markings on the head (Duncan 2006).

life history
Overwintering is done as a pupa and adults emerge from mid May to late July. Larvae are solitary and web the needles of their hosts (Duncan 2006).

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Most commonly on spruce (Picea spp.), also Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea), Tamarack (Larix laricina), and Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)(Duncan 2006; MacKay 1962).

range
From British Columbia north to the Yukon and Northwest Territories, east to Newfoundland, and south to Kentucky and Oregon. In Alberta found throughout boreal and mountainous regions.

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http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=25155



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