Species Details

Syngrapha alticola

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Common NameAlticola Looper Moth SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta in late July and early August. IdentificationA fairly small (2.6-2.7 cm wingspan) moth with blackish-brown forewings and bright yellow hindwings. Forewings are dark chocolate or black-brown, paler along the postmedian line and in the anal angle. The stigma is an oblique elongated curved silver spot. Hindwings are bright yellow-orange, with a prominent black terminal band. The antennae are simple and both sexes are alike. It can be separated from the very similar S. ignea by its smaller size, the darker forewings, shorter stigma, more zigzag subterminal line and the lack of sclerotized setae on the foretibia. They can also be separated by genitalic characters. The other small yellow-winged Syngrapha species are restricted to lower elevations than alticola frequents.

Scientific Name Syngrapha alticola Common Name Alticola Looper Moth Habitat Alpine and arctic tundra. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta in late July and early August. Identification
A fairly small (2.6-2.7 cm wingspan) moth with blackish-brown forewings and bright yellow hindwings. Forewings are dark chocolate or black-brown, paler along the postmedian line and in the anal angle. The stigma is…
A fairly small (2.6-2.7 cm wingspan) moth with blackish-brown forewings and bright yellow hindwings. Forewings are dark chocolate or black-brown, paler along the postmedian line and in the anal angle. The stigma is an oblique elongated curved silver spot. Hindwings are bright yellow-orange, with a prominent black terminal band. The antennae are simple and both sexes are alike. It can be separated from the very similar S. ignea by its smaller size, the darker forewings, shorter stigma, more zigzag subterminal line and the lack of sclerotized setae on the foretibia. They can also be separated by genitalic characters. The other small yellow-winged Syngrapha species are restricted to lower elevations than alticola frequents.
Life History The adults are diurnal. Conservation A widespread species with secure habitat; no concerns. Diet Info Unknown. Range Across the Arctic, above the treeline from Newfoundland to Alaska; south in the mountains to central California and Colorado. In Alberta, it occurs in the mountains,

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"Species Details - Syngrapha alticola, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-1137. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Plusiinae Genus Syngrapha Species Syngrapha alticola
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum