Species Details

Nomophila nearctica

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Common NameLucerne Moth SeasonalityApril to October, the early individuals being worn and these appear to have come up from the south. IdentificationA large Pyralid with narrow, dark brown forewings and light brown hindwings. The orbicular, reniform and claviform areas are dark while the subterminal space is strigose. The wingspan ranges from 24-35 mm. The size, short labial palps, dark brown forewings with dark areas, and strigose subterminal area make this species easy to identify.

Scientific Name Nomophila nearctica Common Name Lucerne Moth Habitat Widespread. Seasonality April to October, the early individuals being worn and these appear to have come up from the south. Identification
A large Pyralid with narrow, dark brown forewings and light brown hindwings. The orbicular, reniform and claviform areas are dark while the subterminal space is strigose. The wingspan ranges from 24-35 mm. The size,…
A large Pyralid with narrow, dark brown forewings and light brown hindwings. The orbicular, reniform and claviform areas are dark while the subterminal space is strigose. The wingspan ranges from 24-35 mm. The size, short labial palps, dark brown forewings with dark areas, and strigose subterminal area make this species easy to identify.
Life History Adults are diurnal and come to light at night. Conservation Common and of no concern. Diet Info The larvae feed on a wide variety of plants, including grasses, Polygonum and sweet clover (Covell 1984). Range
Munroe (1973) divided the genus Nomophila into 12 distinct species of which one, Nomophila nearctica, was limited to North America (Goater 1986). Common to abundant in eastern North America, sometimes migrating to the…
Munroe (1973) divided the genus Nomophila into 12 distinct species of which one, Nomophila nearctica, was limited to North America (Goater 1986). Common to abundant in eastern North America, sometimes migrating to the far north (Covell 1984), also widespread in western North America. Reported from Areas 7 (Lloydminster), 10 (Edmonton) and 20 (Nordegg) in Alberta by Bowman (1951) as Nomophila noctuella Dyar.

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"Nomophila nearctica, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-24222. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Pyraloidea Family Crambidae Subfamily Pyraustinae Genus Nomophila Species Nomophila nearctica
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