Species Details

Amblyptilia pica

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SeasonalityAdultsare found in both spring and fall. In eastern Canada, adults fly from May-Oct. (Landry, 1987). IdentificationSmall moths with dark grey forewings mottled with black. The costal triangle is well developed, and the third lobe of the hindwing has a distinct scale tooth. Male genitalia are unique in having a sclerotized cucullus, bristled uncus and saccus. It is readily identified by these wing and genitalic characters.

Scientific Name Amblyptilia pica Habitat Throughout Alberta, wherever the larval host plants occur. Seasonality Adultsare found in both spring and fall. In eastern Canada, adults fly from May-Oct. (Landry, 1987). Identification
Small moths with dark grey forewings mottled with black. The costal triangle is well developed, and the third lobe of the hindwing has a distinct scale tooth. Male genitalia are unique in having a sclerotized…
Small moths with dark grey forewings mottled with black. The costal triangle is well developed, and the third lobe of the hindwing has a distinct scale tooth. Male genitalia are unique in having a sclerotized cucullus, bristled uncus and saccus. It is readily identified by these wing and genitalic characters.
Life History The larvae are both external feeders of foliage and internal borers of seedpods. The adults overwinter. Conservation This species is common and widespread. Diet Info
No Alberta data. Elsewhere reported to utilize snapdragons (Scrophulariaceae), Geraniums (Geraniaceae), Primulaceae, Labiatae and Caprifoliaceae (Lange, 1950). The adults can be found in early spring nectaring on…
No Alberta data. Elsewhere reported to utilize snapdragons (Scrophulariaceae), Geraniums (Geraniaceae), Primulaceae, Labiatae and Caprifoliaceae (Lange, 1950). The adults can be found in early spring nectaring on pussy willow flowers (Salix sp.)
Range Found throughout Northwestern North America, and throughout Alberta.
Amblyptilia pica
Amblyptilia pica

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"Amblyptilia pica, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-1823. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Pterophoroidea Family Pterophoridae Subfamily Platyptiliinae Genus Amblyptilia Species Amblyptilia pica
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