|scientific name Phalaenostola hanhami |
common name Hanham's Snout-Moth
Adults are on the wing in July and August.
A small (2.5 cm wingspan) dark chocolate brown or puple-grey moth. The forewings are dark, with the antemedian and postmedian lines indistinct but visible, and with the subterminal line better marked in blackish scales, outlined on the distal side in contrasting paler scales. The most prominent marking is the short, black crescent or bent bar indicating the reniform. The hindwings are lighter brown, crossed by two narrow indistinct and incomplete darker bands. Much darker than P. metonalis, which also has much broader bipectinate antennae and longer palps.
The adults are nocturnal and come to light.
Scarce at the edge of its range in Alberta, but no reasons for concern.
Apparently unknown. The closely related P. metonalis is reported to feed on dead leaves.
Nova Scotia west across Canada to central Alberta, south to Massachusetts and New York. In Alberta, it has been taken several times along the southern edge of the boreal forest, east to the Edmonton area and north to Lac la Biche.
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