|scientific name Schizura ipomoeae |
common name Morning-glory Prominent
Deciduous woodland and shrub.
Adults in Alberta June-July.
A medium-size (3.5-4.7 cm. wingspan) moth. Males can be identified as a Notodontid by the characteristic antennae (basal half broadly pectinate, terminal half simple) and the elongate abdomen with a bifurcate tip. Typical form as follows: forewing grey and tan with a broad, diffuse basal dash, and with the costa rather pale, especially as it nears the apex. The lines are fine, scalloped and broken. The reniform is a dark smudge, often with a pale center crossed by a dark bar. The fringe is broadly checkered. The hindwing is white in the male with a dark patch marking the anal angle. Both sexes are similar, but the female has darker hindwings. The moth is highly variable, with a number of described forms.
Adults are diurnal and come to light. The overwintering stage is the pupae.
Rarely collected in Alberta. No concerns.
No Alberta data available. In Canada, a wide range of deciduous trees and shrubs, including birch (Betula), willows (Salix) and poplars (Populus). (See Prentice et al, 1962 for a list).
Nova Scotia west to Vancouver Island, south to Florida, Texas and Utah. In Alberta collected only along the Battle River valley, west to Camrose.
Judy Bohn (2016-07-20)
We have an elm tree in our yard with the caterpillar of this moth. We live east of Barrhead, Alberta
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