|scientific name Macaria decorata |
common name Decorated Granite
Open woodlands and parkland.
Flies primarily in July and August, peaking in late July.
Forewing pale grey with fine dark striations and usually weakly developed costal wedges; Black AM and PM lines variably developed, median line usually absent. Black discal spot. Hindwing slightly paler, sometimes with PM and submarginal line and discal spot. Terminal line finely checkered black and white. Sexes similar.
Wing pattern very similar to some Semiothisa, but these have simple male antennae, not pectinate as in Itame.
Bowman (1951) erroneously reported Alberta specimens of this species as I. denticulodes (Hulst) (McGuffin 1972).
McGuffin (1972) describes the immature stages in detail. This species is often found together with I. bitacta in AB and BC (McGuffin1972). Adults come to light.
Not of concern.
Larvae feed on gooseberries and currants (Ribes spp.)(McGuffin 1972).
A western species, found from southern BC and Alberta to Colorado. In Alberta it is found primarily in the foothills and mountains from Nordegg southward (McGuffin 1972).
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