|scientific name Pyrausta scurralis |
Undisturbed, shrubby Aspen Parkland areas in
association with aspen, silverwillow and buckbrush
A smaller moth with a wingspan around 23 mm. The ground color of the upperside of both fore and hind wings is pale yellowish white, being somewhat more yellowish in the upper part of the forewings. A pink Y is present in the outer half of the forewings, somewhat similar to the darker, purplish Y overlaid with lead colored scales that is present in Choristostigma plumbosignalis. The ground color of the fore wings in the latter is sulphur yellow, not pale yellowish white. Pyrausta scurralis was described by Hulst (1886) from Arizona and New Mexico material. The upper side of the hind wings have a wide light brown band near the margin.
Early stages unknown. Adults come to light.
Rare. Known from only one location in Alberta.
Unknown. The larvae may feed on a member of the Mint Family (Labiatae).
Munroe (1976) reported the subspecies awemealis from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The Type Locality is Aweme, Manitoba. Not reported for Alberta by Bowman (1951). Known on the basis of six specimens collected on three separate nights in Aspen Parkland in the Buffalo Lake Conservation Area, north of Stettler.
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