Species Details

Heliothis borealis

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SeasonalityAdults are on the wing in spring, May - June. IdentificationA small (2.2-2.5 cm) diurnal moth. Forewing brown-black with a darker blackish basal area, a prominent dark reniform spot and a dark terminal margin. The hindwing is black with a wide creamy white central area.

Scientific Name Heliothis borealis Habitat Open bogs, clearings and meadows in the boreal forest, foothills and mountain regions. Seasonality Adults are on the wing in spring, May - June. Identification A small (2.2-2.5 cm) diurnal moth. Forewing brown-black with a darker blackish basal area, a prominent dark reniform spot and a dark terminal margin. The hindwing is black with a wide creamy white central area. Life History
A small, apparently rare day-flying moth. Like other members of the genus, probably using the buds, flowers and seeds of a number of species of low plants as hosts. Adults have been reported nectaring (?) at flowers,…
A small, apparently rare day-flying moth. Like other members of the genus, probably using the buds, flowers and seeds of a number of species of low plants as hosts. Adults have been reported nectaring (?) at flowers, including Vaccinium sp., bearberry and willow catkins.
Conservation Although rarely encountered, there is no reason to believe this moth is in any need of protection. Diet Info
It has been reared on Cerastrium in captivity. Other reported hosts include Kalmia and Larch, but specimens in captivity refused Kalmia and Larch is an improbable host for a member of this genus. Like other members of…
It has been reared on Cerastrium in captivity. Other reported hosts include Kalmia and Larch, but specimens in captivity refused Kalmia and Larch is an improbable host for a member of this genus. Like other members of the genus, larvae feed on the buds, flowers and seeds of the host.
Range Quebec west to Alberta, and south in the mountains to southwestern Montana. In Alberta it has been found in the mountains and foothills from Calgary south.

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"Species Details - Heliothis borealis, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-273. Accessed 02 Oct. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Heliothentinae Genus Heliothis Species Heliothis borealis
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