|scientific name Zale galbanata |
common name Maple Zale
Shelterbelts and urban areas with maple trees; riparian maple groves.
The only Alberta specimen was collected on June 12, 1992.
A medium-size (3.5 cm. ws.) broad-winged light grey or yellow-brown moth. Both fore and hing wings have a very "busy" pattern of numerous zig-zag cross lines mixed with lighter and darker patches. Similar in pattern to Zale minerea, but smaller, paler, and less colorful. Like other Zale sp., color and pattern may be quite variable. Most likely to be mistaken for a geometrid moth.
Adults are nocturnal and come to light. The larvae are soliary defoliators of maples.
Rarely collected in Alberta (one record), which is at the northeastern edge of its range
No Alberta data; elsewhere various species of maples (Acer sp.) including A. negundo, A. rubrum, and A. spicatum. In Alberta, probably A. negundo (Manitoba maple).
Eastern North America, northwest to southern Alberta and central Montana, south to to Texas and New Mexico. In Alberta, it has been collected once, 10 km west of Drumheller.
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