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scientific name    Lapara bombycoides    

common name     Northern Pine Sphinx

Dry boreal pine forests; late June-July.

Adults are on the wing late June-July. The larval stage extends from late June to September.

A fairly large (5.0-5.7 cm wingspan) narrow-winged moth with dark brown wings. The forewing is faintly banded with darker brown, and there are several dark horizontal streaks in the median area. The hindwing is dark brown, without bands. The fringe is checkered light and dark brown. Unlikely to be mistaken for any other Alberta moth.

life history
Adults are nocturnal and come to light. They overwinter in the soil as pupae.

Local in Alberta. No conservation concerns.

diet info
None for Alberta, although associated with jack pine. Elsewhere various species of pines (Pinus sp.), with Eastern white pine the major host in eastern Canada, and Jack pine the major host from northern Ontario west. There is also a report of Tamarack (Larix).

Mainly eastern and boreal, from Nova Scotia south to Georgia, west across the boreal forest to north eastern Alberta. In Alberta, at the north western edge of its range, and found so far only in the area from Ft. McMurray to Lake Athabasca.

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