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scientific name    Phalaenophana pyramusalis    

common name     Dark-banded Owlet

habitat
Damp wooded areas.

seasonality
Adults are on the wing in June and July.

identification
A small (2.1-2.5 cm. wingspan) delicate pale tan or grey-brown moth. The forewings are crossed by several poorly defined bands, with the subterminal widest and darkest. The upper half of the outer margin of the forewings is slightly excavated, and the apex comes to a small point as a result. The orbicular is indicated by a few dark scales. The reniform is a small dark dot, with a second similar dot mirroring it just below. The hindwings are slightly paler with indistinct bands. Both fore and hindwings have a thin, dark terminal line. Both sexes are similar, but the male antennae have sparse long bristles while the females are simple. The two small dots at the reniform are the best identification mark. This moth superficially looks more like a small geometrid than a noctuid.

life history
Little information available. The adults are nocturnal and come to light.

conservation
No obvious concerns.

diet info
The larvae are reported to feed on wilted or dead leaves, and on leaves black with decay.

range
Eastern North America, west across Canada to central Saskatchewan and central Alberta. In Alberta it has been collected along the southern part of the Boreal forest, west to Edmonton.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=661



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