|scientific name Lampronia |
In Alberta, open grassland where rose shrubs are present (Pellmyr 2000).
Adults are active in the spring and early summer, primarily June and early July in Alberta.
The adults are small to medium-sized moths, golden or dark in colour. The forewings often have several to many white to yellowish spots. The genus is defined by a combination of the proboscis being shorter than the labial palpi and the small compound eyes (Pellmyr 2000). Most of these characters are variable, and no strong synapomorphies exist (Pellmyr 2000).
Lampronia consists of 28 species that have not been well studied, and there are likle many more undescribed species (Pellmyr 2000). Little is known of their hosts and life history. The genus was placed in the Prodoxidae by Nielson and Davis (1985). The two species occurring in Alberta (aenescens and sublustris) are part of subgenus Tanyasaccus, described by Davis (1978) as a genus, but it was subsequently considered a synonym of Lampronia.
The larvae feed in the buds of plants on fleshy tissue or seeds. Adults are diurnal, some continuing activity after dusk (Pellmyr 2000).
Larval host plants include members of the Rosaceae, Grossulariaceae, and Saxifragaceae (Pellmyr 2000).
Lampronia is holarctic in distribution, and most of the species occur in Asia (Pellmyr 2000).
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