|scientific name Eupithecia albicapitata |
A small (1.4-1.8 cm wingspan) broad-winged moth. The wings are crossed by a fairly wide orange-maroon basal and subterminal bands. The orbicular is a large, blackish spot joinde to the costa via a thick bar of the same color. The hindwings are crossedf by a number of narrow, parallel partial bines, and there is a pronminent dark discal mark. Very similar to but slightly smaller than E. mutata. Positive identification can be made by examining the genitalia (see Bolte, 1990 for keys, descripions of unique characters, and illustrations of the adults and genitalia of both sexes).
Larvae are borers in the cones of coniferous tress,mainly White spruce (Picea glauca) but also Engleman spruce, Doulas fir, Balsam fir, Red pine Jack pine. There is a single annal brood, with adults in July and August. Adults are nocturnal and come to light. Hibernated in the pupal stage.
Trancontinental, from Newfoundland to western BC, north to Alaks and subarctic Alberta, south to New England and New York. In Alberta it has been collected sparingly from the Caribou Mountains and foothills south to the Battle River.
Easy to mistake for E. mutata, and specimens are frequently misidentified.
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