Species Details

Chrysanympha formosa

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Common NameFormosa Looper Moth SeasonalityAdults are on the wing in Alberta in July and early August. IdentificationA medium-size (3.0-3.5 cm. wingspan) moth with pale grey (sometimes with a pinkbrown tint) forewings and dark hindwings. The forewing pattern is unusual and unmistakable. A wide, dirty white swath runs in an arc from the wing base along the leading edge to about mid-wing, with the area below this grey-brown. The outer half of the forewing has a series of narrow wavy bands of black, dark grey-brown, and brown shading into a broad subterminal pale grey band and a narrow blackish terminal band followed by fine pale and dark grey bands. Hindwings are dark smoky brown, faintly banded and slightly darkening toward the outer margin. The antennae are simple, and both the sexes are similar.

Scientific Name Chrysanympha formosa Common Name Formosa Looper Moth Habitat Sandy jackpine forest and other well-drained boreal woodlands. Seasonality Adults are on the wing in Alberta in July and early August. Identification
A medium-size (3.0-3.5 cm. wingspan) moth with pale grey (sometimes with a pinkbrown tint) forewings and dark hindwings. The forewing pattern is unusual and unmistakable. A wide, dirty white swath runs in an arc…
A medium-size (3.0-3.5 cm. wingspan) moth with pale grey (sometimes with a pinkbrown tint) forewings and dark hindwings. The forewing pattern is unusual and unmistakable. A wide, dirty white swath runs in an arc from the wing base along the leading edge to about mid-wing, with the area below this grey-brown. The outer half of the forewing has a series of narrow wavy bands of black, dark grey-brown, and brown shading into a broad subterminal pale grey band and a narrow blackish terminal band followed by fine pale and dark grey bands. Hindwings are dark smoky brown, faintly banded and slightly darkening toward the outer margin. The antennae are simple, and both the sexes are similar.
Life History The adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single brood each year Conservation At the western edge of the range in Alberta. No concerns. Diet Info No Alberta data. Elsewhere, the larvae are reported to feed on Blueberry (Vaccinium sp.) and Huckleberry (Gaylussacia sp.), both in the family, Ericaceae. Range
From Newfoundland west across the southern boreal forest to central and northern Alberta, south to Maryland, Kentucky and North Carolina. In Alberta, it has been collected in the Boreal forest in the eastern half of…
From Newfoundland west across the southern boreal forest to central and northern Alberta, south to Maryland, Kentucky and North Carolina. In Alberta, it has been collected in the Boreal forest in the eastern half of the province, from the Edmonton area north to Lake Athabasca.

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"Species Details - Chrysanympha formosa, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-1132. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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Specimen Information

There are 30 specimens of this Species.

30 results plotted on map in 12 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM13290 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1945-08-18

UASM41730 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Fidler-Greywillow Wildland Park, Fidler Point Collected ByLawrie, D. Date Collected2001-07-20

BIRD6527 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Moose Lake Provincial Park Collected ByChristensen, B. Date Collected2003-07-15

UASM171230 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Moose Lake Provincial Park Date Collected2005-07-22

UASM171231 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Kedgwick Collected ByPoitras, P.; Roy, F. Date Collected2000-07-26

UASM171232 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Daly Point Collected ByWebster, R. P. Date Collected1999-06-23

UASM171233 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Athabasca River Sandhills Ecological Reserve Collected BySchmidt, B. C. Date Collected1999-08-02

UASM171234 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByTurgeon, M. Date Collected1996-07-14

UASM171235 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1996-08-07

UASM171236 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-06-22

UASM171237 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-06-24

UASM171238 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-06-24

UASM171239 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-06-24

UASM171240 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-06-25

UASM171241 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-06-25

UASM171242 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-06-25

UASM171243 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-06-25

UASM171244 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-06-26

UASM171245 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Redwater Natural Area Collected BySchmidt, B. C. Date Collected1999-07-29

UASM171246 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Redwater Natural Area Collected BySchmidt, B. C. Date Collected1999-08-04

UASM171247 - Chrysanympha formosa

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2003-06-28

Adult Seasonal Distribution