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scientific name    Mimoschinia rufofascialis    

common name     Rufous-banded Pyralid Moth

habitat
Dry prairie slopes.

seasonality
June to early July.

identification
Wingspan around 18 mm. Forewings rather square with greenish or grayish buff ground color, reddish-brown AM and PM bands, a triangular patch on the middle of the costa and a small apical patch of the same color. The hindwings above are grayish buff with a somewhat lighter median area, and a white fringe. The antennae are filiform and strongly ciliated. The genitalia of the species have been described by Munroe (1972).

life history
The life history has been described by Heinrich (1921) and Leech (1949).

conservation
Locally common, of no concern.

diet info
The larva is a seed-feeder of various Malvaceous plants, including Malvastrum spp. (Heinrich 1921, Leech 1949).

range
The nominate subspecies occurs in the Caribbean area. The ssp. novalis occurs from Medicine Hat, Alberta, to Vernon, British Columbia, and south to Texas and Sandiego Co., California (Munroe 1972). Reported from Areas 6 (Calgary), 10 (Edmonton) and 18 (Hillcrest) in Alberta by Bowman (1951) as Noctuelia rufofascialis. Also known in Alberta from Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park and East Arrowwood Coulee.

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http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=6315



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