|scientific name Pseudeustrotia carneola |
common name Pink-barred Lithacodia
Woodland edges, mesic meadows throughout the parklands and grasslands regions.
Adults have been collected in Alberta from mid-May through mid- August; possibly two broods.
A small (2.0-2.4 cm. wingspan) moth with a dark black-brown forewing except for outer third, which is mottled pale tan and pale grey; crossed diagonally by a wide pale pink band which meets the pale terminal area just below the reniform spot. Hindwings light grey or grey brown. Sexes alike. Unmistakable.
Adults are nocturnal and come to lights. The larvae are described in Forbes, 1954. There is likely at least a partial second brood in southern Alberta.
A common widespread species; no concerns.
No Alberta data; elsewhere reported larval hosts include docks (Rumex sp., including R. patientia), and smartweed (Polygonum sp.) (Rings et al, 1992); and goldenrod (Solidago sp.) (Covell, 1984).
Nova Scotia and New Brunswick west to Alberta and Colorado, south to the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout southeastern Alberta, north to the edge of the boreal forest and west to the edge of the foothills.
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