Species Details

Hemileuca eglanterina

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Common NameWestern Sheepmoth SeasonalityThese moths are day-flying, and are found primarily between late June and mid July. IdentificationNo other species in Alberta has the distinctive pink and yellow wings with black markings. The extent of the black markings is extremely variable, ranging from being almost absent to entirely black. The Sagebrush Sheepmoth has a similar pattern, but lacks the pink and yellow colour.

Scientific Name Hemileuca eglanterina Common Name Western Sheepmoth Habitat Montane meadows and open woodlands. In AB, only found from Waterton N.P. north to the Crowsnest Pass Seasonality These moths are day-flying, and are found primarily between late June and mid July. Identification
No other species in Alberta has the distinctive pink and yellow wings with black markings. The extent of the black markings is extremely variable, ranging from being almost absent to entirely black. The Sagebrush…
No other species in Alberta has the distinctive pink and yellow wings with black markings. The extent of the black markings is extremely variable, ranging from being almost absent to entirely black. The Sagebrush Sheepmoth has a similar pattern, but lacks the pink and yellow colour.
Life History This species is thought to have a two-year life cycle in Alberta, overwintering first as an egg and again the second year as a pupa. These moths have a very rapid flight and are usually difficult to observe. Conservation The Western Sheepmoth has a very limited distribution in AB and may be sensitive to land use changes Diet Info McGugan (1958) states the main hosts are wild rose and ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor), which is not known to occur in Alberta. Other known hosts that do occur in AB include willow, Vine Maple, birch and aspen. Range Southern B.C. and extreme southeastern Alberta southward throughout the western U.S.

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"Hemileuca eglanterina, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-265. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Bombycoidea Family Saturniidae Genus Hemileuca Species Hemileuca eglanterina
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