Species Details

Hemileuca hera

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Common NameSagebrush Sheepmoth SeasonalityThe single AB record is from mid-August. Dates from Montana suggest peak activity is in early August IdentificationA relatively large moth, easily recognized by the black pattern on the white background. The only other species similar to this in Alberta is H. eglanterina, which has a pink and yellow ground colour, not white.

Scientific Name Hemileuca hera Common Name Sagebrush Sheepmoth Seasonality The single AB record is from mid-August. Dates from Montana suggest peak activity is in early August Identification A relatively large moth, easily recognized by the black pattern on the white background. The only other species similar to this in Alberta is H. eglanterina, which has a pink and yellow ground colour, not white. Life History Not known for AB; may have a two-year life cycle, overwintering first as an egg, then as a pupa. These moths are active during the day and are not attracted to light. Conservation More survey work is needed to determine this species' status in the province. Diet Info Larvae feed on Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata, A. filifolia) in the southern U.S. Likely Artemisia cana in AB, as this is the only Sagebrush species found on the prairie. Range
There is only one record of this species for Alberta, from Dinosaur Provincial Park. It almost certainly occurs in the southeast corner of the province, because it is known from Govenlock, SK near the AB/SK border.…
There is only one record of this species for Alberta, from Dinosaur Provincial Park. It almost certainly occurs in the southeast corner of the province, because it is known from Govenlock, SK near the AB/SK border. Ranges from southern SK west to B.C., south to Arizona and New Mexico.

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"Hemileuca hera, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-268. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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