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scientific name    Aspitates taylorae    

habitat
Open peatlands and bogs.

seasonality
Adults fly in June in Alberta.

identification
Dusky ochre, the forewings slightly darker. Discal spot diffuse, sometimes absent from the forewing. PM band straight and pronounced. Similar to A. aberratus, which occurs in prairie rather than peatland habitats. It is possible that A. orciferarius, another subarctic/boreal species, also occurs in northern Alberta; it can only reliably be separated from A. taylorae by genitalic characters (see McGuffin 1981). The genus Aspitates Treitschke 1825 was spelled as Aspilates Treitschke 1827 by some workers (eg. McGuffin 1981), but Aspilates is an unneccessary replacement name for Aspitates, later proposed by Treitschke.

life history
Adults are diurnal, but also come to light. Little information is availabe on this species biology. The immature stages have not been described.

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
The larval hostplants are unknown. Larvae of related European species are generalist feeders.

range
Alaska to central Alberta and Manitoba. This species has only recently been discovered in Alberta, but it appears to occur widely in wet open peat bogs throughout the northern boreal region, south to Calling Lake

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=3792



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