|scientific name Apamea spaldingi |
common name Spalding's Quaker
In Alberta it has been collected mainly along the valleys of the grasslands region, usually in or adjacent to the more mesic wooded or shrubby riparian areas.
Adults in late May and June.
A medium-size moth (approx. 3.5 cm wingspan), light and dark grey and black, lacking any of the brown color of most Alberta Apamea. Forewings mottled grey with a prominent black basal dash and thick longitudinal median bar. Hindwings dirty white with a faint dark discal mark and with the outer third clouded with dark grey. There are few other larger black or dark grey moths that fly in the spring in Alberta.
Poorly known. There appears to be a single brood in Alberta, with adults in late May and June. The adults come to light.
Apamea spaldingi is a western species, occurring from central Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) west to BC, south to at least Colorado and California.
Spalding's Quaker is one of the least commonly collected Alberta Quaker's. Here at least it is a moth of the dry prairie grasslands region, absent from the cooler parklands and foothills. The earlier collectors apparently missed Spalding's Quaker; the first specimens were collected in and near Olds in 1998 by Ernest Mengersen and his students. Since then we have picked up the occasional specimen along the lower Red Deer River and Milk River valley.
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