|scientific name Feralia |
Feralia is a small primarily North American genus containing 6 North American and one Old World species. All are robust and hairy medium-sized moths with green forewings marked with black and white. All emerge early in spring. Three species occur in Alberta, F. jocosa, comstocki and major, and all three have been collected together. All our species are conifer feeders, frequenting cool, mesic evergreen forests thoughout the boreal forest, foothills and mountains, but perhaps are most common in more xeric pine woodlands.
The Tribe Feraliini is described by Poole, and contains only the genus Feralia. Poole revised the genus as part of the MONA series, and provides a description of the genus and illustrations of the adults and genitalia of all North American species, as well as a key to the adults. Larvae of three species (deceptiva, jocosa and comstocki) are described and illustrated in color by Duncan (2006)
Various degrees of melanism occur in the three eastern species, which can cause difficulty in identifying some specimens. We have not seen melanic specimens of comstocki or jocosa from Alberta, and if they occur here they must be very rare.
Most feed as larvae on conifer species, the exception being Feralia februalis Grote (and presumably also its sister species F. meadowsi Buckett) which feed on deciduous trees and shrubs.
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