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scientific name    Schinia honesta    

common name     Black-spotted Gem

Meadows, roadsides and other open areas in the mountains.

The only Alberta data is a specimen collected July 14.

A small (2.5-2.6 cm wingspan) black-and white day-flying moth. The forewing is white with a thick, rounded black basal streak, prominent large black reniform and orbicular spots, a wide black subterminal line with waved margins and a thin black terminal line. The hindwing has a black basal area joined with a large, black crescent discal spot and a wide black margin with a white spot near the anal angle, divided into 3 segments by the dark veins. Honesta has the same pattern as the prairie S. verna, but verna has an olive and reddish brown forewing whereas honesta is black. See also Heliothis borealis.

life history
Other than the fact this species is found in the mountains, little of it's life history is known. At least some individuals are diurnal. The immature stages are unknown.

There is a single Alberta record; globally secure..

diet info
Apparently not known. The closely related S. verna utilizes pussytoes (Antennaria sp.).

In the mountains from extreme southwestern Alberta and southern BC south to Colorado and California. In Alberta known only from the Castle River just south of Beaver Mines.

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