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scientific name    Scopula inductata    

habitat
Wooded and shrubby areas.

seasonality
Most Alberta records are from late June through the end of July, with scattered collections from early June to late September.

identification
A small (17-24 mm wingspan) broad-winged grey-brown moth, usually with all 5 soft, waved lines crossing both wings, the median and postmedian most prominent. There is a small dark discal dot on each wing. The head and frons are entirely dark brown, without any of the white scaling found on the similar S. frigidaria. There is a large hairbrush on the mesothoracic tibia. The genitalia of both sexes are described and illustrated in McGuffin (1967).

life history
Adults are nocturnal and come to light. The eggs hatch in 4-6 days, there are 5 larval instars, and a pupal period of about 10 days. Hibernates as a late instar larvae or pupae (McGuffin, 1967)

conservation
A fairly common widespread species, thus no concerns.

diet info
Recorded larval hosts encompass a range of plants, including chickweed (probably aster, clover (Trifolium sp.), ragweeds (Ambrosia), sweet clover (Meliotus), and various Prunus sp. (Covell, 1984)

range
Transcontinental, from Newfoundland to the coast of BC, north to the Northwest Territories, south to Alabama and at least Utah. S. inductata has been collected throughout most of Alberta.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=6106



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