Species Details

Agrochola verberata

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SeasonalityAdults are on the wing in Alberta from mid-August through September. IdentificationA medium-size (3.5 cm wingspan) moth. Forewings are rusty red-brown, darker brown in the terminal area. The antemedian and postmedian lines are irregular and thin, marked with darker rust scales, and there is a wider dark diffuse median band running from the bottom of the reniform to the lower margin. The orbicular and reniform spots are thinly outlined in dark rust brown scales, and the lower half of the reniform is filled with dark slate grey. The darker terminal area is divided by a rust-red subterminal line, outlined on the distal side by paler rust scales. Hindwings are light grey, with a sharply defined outer band of light rusty yellow, widest along the costa. Sexes are similar. Both the wings, but in particular the forewings, have a shiny reflective sheen. The similar A. bicolorago is paler, more yellow or tan than rust, and has less of the sheen.

Scientific Name Agrochola verberata Habitat Deciduous woodland. Seasonality Adults are on the wing in Alberta from mid-August through September. Identification
A medium-size (3.5 cm wingspan) moth. Forewings are rusty red-brown, darker brown in the terminal area. The antemedian and postmedian lines are irregular and thin, marked with darker rust scales, and there is a wider…
A medium-size (3.5 cm wingspan) moth. Forewings are rusty red-brown, darker brown in the terminal area. The antemedian and postmedian lines are irregular and thin, marked with darker rust scales, and there is a wider dark diffuse median band running from the bottom of the reniform to the lower margin. The orbicular and reniform spots are thinly outlined in dark rust brown scales, and the lower half of the reniform is filled with dark slate grey. The darker terminal area is divided by a rust-red subterminal line, outlined on the distal side by paler rust scales. Hindwings are light grey, with a sharply defined outer band of light rusty yellow, widest along the costa. Sexes are similar. Both the wings, but in particular the forewings, have a shiny reflective sheen. The similar A. bicolorago is paler, more yellow or tan than rust, and has less of the sheen.
Life History There is a single annual brood, which flies in the fall. Adults are attracted to both lights and sugar baits. The larval host plant(s) are apparently unknown, and the larvae have never been described. Conservation A fairly common, widespread species; no concerns. Diet Info No data. The closely related A. bicolorago is reported to feed on the seeds of various deciduous trees. Adults come to sugar baits. Range
Western North America, from south central Saskatchewan west to Alaska and coastal BC, south to at least southwestern Montana and southwestern Colorado. In Alberta, it has been collected in the Aspen Parkland and…
Western North America, from south central Saskatchewan west to Alaska and coastal BC, south to at least southwestern Montana and southwestern Colorado. In Alberta, it has been collected in the Aspen Parkland and southern Boreal Forest south to the wooded valleys of the arid grasslands, and throughout the foothills, as well as in the northern Peace River district.
Agrochola verberata
Agrochola verberata

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"Agrochola verberata, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-2370. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Cuculliinae Genus Agrochola Species Agrochola verberata
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