|scientific name Schinia florida |
common name Primrose Moth
Open areas, clearings and edges with light soils. Associated with the host plant, evening primrose.
Adults are on the wing in July in Alberta.
This strikingly beautiful moth cannot be mistaken. The combination of pink forewing with a broad yellow terminal band, a yellow thorax and abdomen, and immaculate shining white hindwing is unique among our moths. Wingspan (2.8 -3.5 cm.). Both sexes are similar.
Adults are nocturnal and come to lights. During the day they may be found resting on the flower stalks of the host, or occasionally inside the closed flower. Eggs are laid on the flower buds, and the larvae consume the buds rather than the foliage.
No concerns. Uncommon and local
No Alberta data. Elsewhere species of Evening Primrose (Oenothera sp.), also reported on Gaura.
Nova Scotia west to central Alberta, south to North Carolina in the east and California in the west. In Alberta it has been found north to the Edmonton-Redwater region.
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