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scientific name    Schizura ipomoeae    

common name     Morning-glory Prominent

Deciduous woodland and shrub.

Adults in Alberta June-July.

A medium-size (3.5-4.7 cm. wingspan) moth. Males can be identified as a Notodontid by the characteristic antennae (basal half broadly pectinate, terminal half simple) and the elongate abdomen with a bifurcate tip. Typical form as follows: forewing grey and tan with a broad, diffuse basal dash, and with the costa rather pale, especially as it nears the apex. The lines are fine, scalloped and broken. The reniform is a dark smudge, often with a pale center crossed by a dark bar. The fringe is broadly checkered. The hindwing is white in the male with a dark patch marking the anal angle. Both sexes are similar, but the female has darker hindwings. The moth is highly variable, with a number of described forms.

life history
Adults are diurnal and come to light. The overwintering stage is the pupae.

Rarely collected in Alberta. No concerns.

diet info
No Alberta data available. In Canada, a wide range of deciduous trees and shrubs, including birch (Betula), willows (Salix) and poplars (Populus). (See Prentice et al, 1962 for a list).

Nova Scotia west to Vancouver Island, south to Florida, Texas and Utah. In Alberta collected only along the Battle River valley, west to Camrose.

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Judy Bohn (2016-07-20)
We have an elm tree in our yard with the caterpillar of this moth. We live east of Barrhead, Alberta

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