|scientific name Loxostege ephippialis |
A low arctic-alpine species (Munroe 1976).
June to mid July.
Wingspan 16-18 mm. Ground color of wings above bluish gray. Forewings above with a fine, black PM line, a large, dark, wedge-shaped median area that is widest at the costa, and an obscure, dark, discal spot. The hindwings above are bluish gray with a faint PM line and a somewhat whitish median area. The genitalia are described by Munroe (1976). Closest to Loxostege anartalis but the latter is larger, has whitish PM lines and lacks the wedge-shaped area in the forewings. Also similar to Ostrinia marginalis but the latter has white PM lines on both fore and hind wings.
Norway, Sweden and Finland in Europe; Labrador west to the Northwest Territories and the Rockies, south to Wyoming and Colorado (Munroe 1976). The Type Locality is Dovrefjeld at Drivstoen, Norway. Reported from Area 20 (Nordegg) in Alberta by Bowman (1951) as Titanio ephippialis Zett.
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