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scientific name    Euxoa clausa    

habitat
Arid native shortgrass prairie. The few collection sites we have suggest it may prefer the cooler and more mesic grasslands closer to the mountains rather than the truly arid grasslands to the southeast.

seasonality
Specimens have been collected from mid July through mid-August.

identification
A medium-size light yellow-buff moth with a paler costa and reduced dark markings. Dark markings consist of a dark basal dash just below the cubital vein and black filling in the space before and after the rounded orbicular spot. The AM and PM lines are lightly marked, single and scalloped. The reniform is narrowly outlined and there are a number of small dark chevrons in the subterminal area. The hindwings are unevenly shaded with light and dark brown, often with a dark median line, and with the dark scaling more extensive in females. Male antennae markedly biserrate; female simple. Clausa is a member of the idahoensis complex, and is very similar to some of the others in the group. Lafontaine (1987) provides a key to the group, although the group is known to contain several additional undescribed species in Alberta. The genitalia of both sexes are indistinguishable from those of Euxoa idahoensis. Euxoa clausa appears to have a very restricted range. It was originally described from specimens from Lethbridge.

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

conservation
We have not encountered this drab moth during our collecting in southern Alberta over the past 15 years, and it must be either quite local or rare.

diet info
Like most Euxoa species, the larvae are likely generalists on a variety of herbs.

range
Clausa has a rather restricted range and is known mainly from the northwestern Great Plains in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta, south to southwestern Montana and Nebraska. In Alberta it has been found in the arid grasslands region, north to the Drumheller region. It was originally described from specimens from Lethbridge.

notes
We have not encountered this drab moth during our collecting in southern Alberta over the past 15 years, and it must be either quite local or rare. The few collection sites we have suggest it may prefer the cooler and more mesic grasslands closer to the mountains rather than the truly arid grasslands to the southeast.

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http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=3860



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