|scientific name Hyalophora euryalus (Bdv.)|
common name Ceanothus Silkmoth
There are no known native populations in AB. See remarks under "Range".
This species can be recognized by the pinkish maroon colour that prevails beyond the postmedian white band. In H. columbia gloveri, this outer third of the wing has very little or no trace of maroon. Although variable, the discal spots are usually greatly elongated towards the outer edge of the wing, and this trait distinguishes euryalus from the other species of Hyalophora. The range of euryalus is not known to overlap with any other Hyalophora in Canada.
Overwintering cocoons of H. euryalus are attached to the larval host plant and occasionally other plants.
Not applicable for Alberta.
Larvae are reported to feed on a variety of shrubs including Red Alder (Alnus rubra) (which occurs only along the west coast of BC), willow, wild rose, Currants and gooseberries (Ribes spp.), buffaloberry (Sheperdia canadensis), Mountain Maple (Acer glabrum), Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia), and Redstem Ceanothus (Ceanothus sanguineus). Larvae also occasionally feed on Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).
The Ceanothus Silkmoth occurs in the dry intermontane valleys and interior of BC (as far north as Prince George along the Fraser River) south to Baja California. The only AB record of this species is for a live specimen introduced along with a shipment of ornamental shrubs from Oregon to Red Deer (E. Mengersen, pers. comm.). There is a small possibility this species is present in the Waterton / Castle River area of AB.
Karen Bell (2011-05-31)
My husband found a moth that looks like this but slightly more brown. It looks like the same markings. It was in Washington State just north of Poulsbo. Is that possible?
James Parent (2013-05-20)
I saw a lovely living specimen near Winslow Wharf Marina on Bainbridge Island, WA on may 19, 2013. I judged it to be a female since its antenna was of the less bushy type than the male. It crawled onto my outstretched finger and flexed its wings for several minutes before flying off. This location is about 10 miles from Poulesbo, WA where another specimen was reported on your site.
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