|scientific name Pseudacontia crustaria |
The Alberta specimen was collected in a small sand blowout on the rim of Lost River valley in the arid grasslands of extreme southeastern Alberta.
The Alberta specimen was collected June 27, 2007.
A relatively small (2.3-2.6 cm wingspan) moth with white wings with dark basal and terminal areas. The forewings are white with very dark red-brown basal area and a red-brown terminal area suffused with white scales. The median area has a broad brown band overlain with white scales creating a “ghost-like” appearance in some specimens. The orbicular is indicated by a small black dot and the reniform by a small black crescent. Hindwings white with the basal half light blackish brown, a broad terminal band of the same color followed by a white fringe and a prominent dark discal mark. Antennae simple and sexes similar. It bears a superficial resemblance to some of the small flower moths (Heliothinae).
Almost nothing is known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light.
Nothing is known of the early stages and larval hostplants.
Poorly known; apparently a Great Plains species found from extreme southeastern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba south to Nebraska and Oklahoma.
This is a rarely collected little moth about which we know very little. There are very few Canadian records, and only one for Alberta.
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