|scientific name Dichagyris variabilis |
Dry open montane woodland; wooded grasslands drainages.
Adults have been collected in Alberta from early August to late September.
D. variabilis is a medium-size (3.8-4.0 cm wingspan) yellow-brown or pinkish-brown moth with white hindwings. It is a very "clean" looking moth; the only prominent markings are a small patch of dark scales indicating the orbicular spot and a dark vertical bar marking the reniform. It is unlikely to be mistaken for any other Alberta moth. Until recently it was placed in the genus Pseudorthosia, which is now treated as a subgenus (Lafontaine, 2004).
Poorly known. Adults are nocturnal and attracted to light. There is a single annual brood that flies in late summer and early fall.
Few Alberta collections; worthy of tracking.
No data. Crumb (1956) beat it from "shrubs".
Southern CA east to CO, western SD and southwestern SK and north to southern AB and BC. In Alberta it has been collected only in the foothills in the southwestern corner of the province, north to below Hailstone Butte. Bowman (1951) also lists "Zone 3" (Lethbridge area) but no specimens from there have been located.
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