Species Details

Eutricopis nexilis

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Common NameWhite-spotted Midget SeasonalityLate May-July depending on elevation (whenever the host Antennaria is in late bud to bloom). IdentificationA very small (1.8-2.0 cm. wingspan ) moth with red-brown or maroon, grey and white forewing and a black hindwing with 2 large creamy white spots. The fringe is white except near the forewing apex, and against a pale background this gives the forewing a pointed look. The ventral surface is mainly cream-colored, with black and bright rose patches. Similar to Schinia persimilis, but nexilis has 2 and persimilis 3 pale spots on the hindwing, and persimilis lacks the pink on the ventral surface that is so prominent in nexilis. Schinia vernilis, which has been taken with nexilis, also lacks pink on the ventral surface. Some specimens from the mountains are almost entirely black and white dorsally, with reduced pale spots. Schinia honesta, another black and white mountain species, is larger and also lacks pink on the ventral surface.

Scientific Name Eutricopis nexilis Common Name White-spotted Midget Habitat Open xeric prairie meadows, pastures and hillsides where Pussytoes (Antennaria) are present. Seasonality Late May-July depending on elevation (whenever the host Antennaria is in late bud to bloom). Identification
A very small (1.8-2.0 cm. wingspan ) moth with red-brown or maroon, grey and white forewing and a black hindwing with 2 large creamy white spots. The fringe is white except near the forewing apex, and against a pale…
A very small (1.8-2.0 cm. wingspan ) moth with red-brown or maroon, grey and white forewing and a black hindwing with 2 large creamy white spots. The fringe is white except near the forewing apex, and against a pale background this gives the forewing a pointed look. The ventral surface is mainly cream-colored, with black and bright rose patches. Similar to Schinia persimilis, but nexilis has 2 and persimilis 3 pale spots on the hindwing, and persimilis lacks the pink on the ventral surface that is so prominent in nexilis. Schinia vernilis, which has been taken with nexilis, also lacks pink on the ventral surface. Some specimens from the mountains are almost entirely black and white dorsally, with reduced pale spots. Schinia honesta, another black and white mountain species, is larger and also lacks pink on the ventral surface.
Life History
The White-spotted Midget is strictly diurnal. It is rarely encountered except by searching patches of the foodplant when it is in flower or bud. The moths have a fast, buzzing flight and resemble bees more than…
The White-spotted Midget is strictly diurnal. It is rarely encountered except by searching patches of the foodplant when it is in flower or bud. The moths have a fast, buzzing flight and resemble bees more than moths. The colorful underside of the wings greatly resembles the buds in some species of the host plants. Eggs are laid in the flowers or flower buds, with the larvae feeding on the flowering parts.
Conservation Fairly widespread and locally common. No conservation concerns. Diet Info Flowers and developing seeds of Pussytoes (Antennaria sp.). In Alberta it is found associated with a number of species of Antennaria. Range
From Nova Scotia and New England west across southern Canada to southern Vancouver Island, north to Yukon and south in the mountains to California and Colorado, and from almost sea-level to over 3000 m. elevation. In…
From Nova Scotia and New England west across southern Canada to southern Vancouver Island, north to Yukon and south in the mountains to California and Colorado, and from almost sea-level to over 3000 m. elevation. In Alberta, found throughout the grasslands and Aspen parklands region, as well as in the mountains.
Eutricopis nexilis
Eutricopis nexilis

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"Species Details - Eutricopis nexilis, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-270. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Authorship

Name Anweiler, G. G.
Role species page author

References

Specimen Information

There are 54 specimens of this Species.

54 results plotted on map in 23 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM18777 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Calgary Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1920-06-25

UASM18778 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Waterton Lakes National Park, Waterton Park Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1930-06-15

UASM18780 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Calgary Collected BySalt, George Date Collected1923-07-02

UASM18783 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Nordegg Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1921-06-25

UASM18784 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1927-07-08

UASM18785 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Nordegg Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1921-06-25

UASM18788 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Nordegg Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1921-06-25

UASM18791 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1927-07-08

UASM18792 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Calgary Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1920-06-25

UASM18793 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1927-07-08

UASM18797 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Lloydminster Collected ByBruggemann, Paul F. Date Collected1948-06-13

UASM18799 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Nordegg Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1921-06-28

UASM18800 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1927-07-08

UASM24085 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Elnora Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2002-06-16

UASM24422 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Rumsey Ecological Reserve Collected BySchmidt, B. C. Date Collected1998-05-11

UASM24423 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dillberry Lake Provincial Park Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2001-05-26

UASM24424 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Prospect Creek Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected1999-07-17

UASM24439 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer River Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2000-05-19

UASM24440 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer River Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2000-05-19

UASM19601 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Windsor Mountain Collected ByLawrie, D. Date Collected2001-05-31

UASM19602 - Eutricopis nexilis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dinosaur Provincial Park Collected ByLawrie, D. Date Collected2000-05-20

Adult Seasonal Distribution