|scientific name Apamea contradicta |
common name Northern Banded Quaker
Contradicta appears to favor cooler boreal forest woodlands. I have seen taken it in a calcareous fen near Edmonton (Wagner Bog), and took a number of specimens in well-drained pine-spruce forest as well as in riparian mixedwoods along Brown Creek, in the forested foothills northwest of Nordegg.
Unmistakable. A medium-size (3.8-4.5 cm. ws) moth with orange-brown FW, and with the darker median area outlined by two curved black lines. HW with a heavy dusting of grey scales, and with a fine median line. Antennae simple; sexes similar.
Local and uncommon to rare.
Unknown. Most members of the genus for which there are data feed on grasses, and in particular on the seed heads of grasses.
Across southern Canada from NFLD and LAB west to the foothills of AB, south to CO.
This showy moth is apparently rather uncommon, with only one or a very few specimens taken at a time.
Until recently, contradicta was placed in the genus Trichoplexia as species exornata, with Alberta populations further treated as ssp. contradicta. Most recently they have been moved to Apamea as sp. contradicta.
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