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scientific name    Leuconycta lepidula    

habitat
Woodland edges, meadows and mesic grassland in the parkland and grasslands region.

seasonality
Adults have been collected in Alberta from mid June through mid July.

identification
A medium-size (approx. 3.0 cm wingspan) delicate moth with mottled grey-brown and black wings with an olive tint. The most prominent markings are a black patch near the base of the costa and an inverted black triangle midway along the costa. The remainder of the forewings is mottled dark and pale brownish grey. The hindwings are dark grey, the fringe a mix of dark and pale scales. Antennae filiform and sexes alike.

life history
Poorly known. There is a single annual brood. The adults are nocturnal and come to light.

conservation
Widespread but uncommon; no concerns.

diet info
No Alberta data; elsewhere dandelion (Taraxacum). (Forbes, 1954)

range
Nova Scotia south to North Carolina, west across southern Canada to the foothills in Alberta. In Alberta it occurs throughout the drier parts of the province, north to Lloydminster and west to the Calgary area.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=3692



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