|scientific name Schinia persimilis |
common name Persimilis Flower Moth
Grasslands and open meadows, mainly in the lower foothills and northern grassland fringe.
Adults are on the wing from late June to early August, earlier at low and later at higher elevations
A small (2.2-2.3 cm wingspan) diurnal moth with a dark maroon and/or grey forewing with pale cream patches. The maroon area comprises a broad basal streak, the costa and a broad subterminal band. The large orbicular and reniform and a broad terminal band are grey. The area of the disc, surrounding the deiform and orbicular and reaching the lower wing margin is pale yellow. The hindwing is pale yellow with a black basal patch, a large black discal spot and a broad black terminal band. The pale yellow ground is confined to 3 spots surrounding the black discal spot. The fringe is pale. Very similar to Eutricopis nexilis, but nexilis has 2 pale spots on the hindwing, persimilis has a third one between the discal mark and the wing base, and nexilis has pink patches on the ventral forewing, which persimilis lacks.
There appears to be little information available for this pretty little moth. Adults are apparently diurnal, and are on the wing in late summer. Foodplants and larvae are unknown.
No obvious concerns, but there are little data available.
Life history data including host plant and larval descriptions are lacking.
From east central Alberta and the Cypress Hills in Saskatchewan north to the southern Yukon, west and south to Colorado, Utah, California and Oregon. In Alberta, collected mainly in the mountains and foothills, but also in the parklands east to the Wainwright area.
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