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scientific name    Meris patula    

habitat
Prairie grassland.

seasonality
Adults fly from late July (?) to early August.

identification
A non-descript mid-size grey geometrid. Wing ground colour white-grey with an even dusting of grey-brown scales. AM and PM lines diffuse and jagged. Hindwing slightly paler.

life history
Nothing is known of this specie's immature stages. It is known only from the the type series of six specimens, one of which was collected 9 miles north of Coaldale, AB by D.F. Hardwick on August 4, 1961 (Rindge 1981).

conservation
Known globally from only two sites, one of which is in southern AB.

diet info
The larval hosts are unknown. The larvae of Meris alticolata feed on Penstemon virgatus in Arizona (Rindge 1981), so it is possible that M. patula feeds on Penstemon or other Scrophulariaceae.

range
Known from southern Alberta and south central Montana (Rindge 1981).

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=4301



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