Species Details

Xestia oblata

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Common NameRuby Dart SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta from mid July through early August. IdentificationA medium-size compact rusty-orange noctuid moth. Forewings reddish or rusty orange and hindwings pale yellow-orange. The forewings are crossed by paler antemedian and postmedian lines, and the median area between the two is mostly darker red-brown. The terminal area beyond the postmedian line is divided into a darker basal half and a lighter orange terminal half. The orbicular and reniform spots are large and prominent, lighter orange than the associated ground, and somewhat angular.

Scientific Name Xestia oblata Common Name Ruby Dart Habitat Montane and boreal deciduous and mixedwood forest. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta from mid July through early August. Identification
A medium-size compact rusty-orange noctuid moth. Forewings reddish or rusty orange and hindwings pale yellow-orange. The forewings are crossed by paler antemedian and postmedian lines, and the median area between…
A medium-size compact rusty-orange noctuid moth. Forewings reddish or rusty orange and hindwings pale yellow-orange. The forewings are crossed by paler antemedian and postmedian lines, and the median area between the two is mostly darker red-brown. The terminal area beyond the postmedian line is divided into a darker basal half and a lighter orange terminal half. The orbicular and reniform spots are large and prominent, lighter orange than the associated ground, and somewhat angular.
Life History Poorly known. The adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single brood each year, with adults flying in summer. Conservation A fairly common widespread moth; no concerns. Diet Info No Alberta data. Larvae have been reared to 3rd instar on Spiraea latifolia and a willow (Salix bebbiana). (McCabe, 1991 "Atlas of Adirondack caterpillars. New York State Mus. Bull., 470: 1-114 Range
Across the boreal forest of Canada, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and the Yukon; south to New England and Wisconsin in the east and north central California and northern New Mexico in the west. In Alberta…
Across the boreal forest of Canada, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and the Yukon; south to New England and Wisconsin in the east and north central California and northern New Mexico in the west. In Alberta collected mainly in the foothills, but also in the Cypress Hills and less commonly in the boreal forest region. It has also been collected in the Red Deer River valley at Tolman Bridge.

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"Species Details - Xestia oblata, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-1545. Accessed 06 Feb. 2023.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Noctuinae Genus Xestia Species Xestia oblata
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