Species Details

Aglossa cuprina

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Common NameGrease Moth SeasonalityAugust. IdentificationA large, yellowish-tan or clay colored Pyralid with a wingspan of 18-23 mm. The forewings are yellowish-tan and heavily shaded with dull rose and gray. A diagnostic character is the many alternating dark and light markings along the costal margin between the AM and PM lines. The hindwings are pale white. Aglossa caprealis is the same size but the forewings are dark luteous gray with little or no pinkish shading (Forbes 1923). Aglossa pinguinalis is larger, grayer and has darker hindwings. The members of this genus belong to the Family Pyralidae, Subfamily Pyralinae, Tribe Pyralini.

Scientific Name Aglossa cuprina Common Name Grease Moth Habitat The single collection was from a badland area. Seasonality August. Identification
A large, yellowish-tan or clay colored Pyralid with a wingspan of 18-23 mm. The forewings are yellowish-tan and heavily shaded with dull rose and gray. A diagnostic character is the many alternating dark and light…
A large, yellowish-tan or clay colored Pyralid with a wingspan of 18-23 mm. The forewings are yellowish-tan and heavily shaded with dull rose and gray. A diagnostic character is the many alternating dark and light markings along the costal margin between the AM and PM lines. The hindwings are pale white. Aglossa caprealis is the same size but the forewings are dark luteous gray with little or no pinkish shading (Forbes 1923). Aglossa pinguinalis is larger, grayer and has darker hindwings. The members of this genus belong to the Family Pyralidae, Subfamily Pyralinae, Tribe Pyralini.
Life History No information available. Conservation Known from a single Alberta collection. Diet Info Unknown. Possibly a scavenger like Aglossa caprealis. Range
A New World species, generally distributed in the United States. Not reported from Alberta by Bowman (1951). A single specimen was collected at light at Tolman Bridge on August 9, 2002. It was determined by Dr. Brian…
A New World species, generally distributed in the United States. Not reported from Alberta by Bowman (1951). A single specimen was collected at light at Tolman Bridge on August 9, 2002. It was determined by Dr. Brian Scholtens, who also provided helpful comments about the species.

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"Aglossa cuprina, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-25357. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Pyraloidea Family Pyralidae Subfamily Pyralinae Genus Aglossa Species Aglossa cuprina
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