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scientific name    Lomographa vestaliata    

common name     White Spring Moth

Vestialis is found in xeric shrubby edges and woodlands.

A small (1.5 – 2.3 cm wingspan) shiny white translucent diurnal moth. The dorsal surface is unmarked; the underside is also unmarked except for light grey or brown along the costa. Antennae simple in both sexes. Cabera variolata is very similar but larger and has a scattering of brownish scales on the wings; it is also not “silky”, and males have feathery bipectinate antennae. Both Rindge (1971) and McGuffin (1981) illustrate adults and genitalia of both sexes of vestaliata.

life history
Adults are diurnal. The larvae undergo 5 instars, with the adults flying in spring, after overwintering as pupae in the leaf litter or loose soil. Reported larval hosts include Prunus, Craetagus, Sorbus, Malus, Physocarpus, Viburnum and others with a decided preference for Rosaceae (Rindge, op. cit.; McGuffin, op. cit.). Wagner et al (2001) illustrate the larva in color.

Common in eastern North America, from Newfoundland west to southeastern BC; south to Florida and Texas. There is a single Alberta record from the edge of the mountains at Seebe (Rindge, 1979; McGuffin, 1981).

The only Alberta record for this little moth is a specimen from Seebe reported in McGuffin (op. cit). The specimen illustrated above is from the Moths of Canada website.

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