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Nycteola cinereana

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Common NameGrey Midget SeasonalityIn Alberta, adults have been collected from late August to mid October. IdentificationA small (2.5-3.1 cm wingspan) "square-winged" light grey moth with shiny white hindwings. The adults come in several form, the most common with the forewings marked with a large dark triangular patch in the upper median area, and an oblique black streak along the wing base. The antemedian and postmedian lines are doubled and sinuous, and the round reniform spot has a rust-red pupil. There is also a thin black terminal line. Some specimens lack the dark patches and are quite uniform in color. The hindwings are shiny white, darkening slightly toward the margin. The antennae are simple and the sexes are similar. The similar N. frigidana is darker grey and lacks the dark edging or basal streaks along the wing base, and often have an egg shaped white or silvery patch near the upper forewing base. There are also a number of similar appearing Tortricid moths.

Scientific Name Nycteola cinereana Common Name Grey Midget Habitat Deciduous (poplar) woodland. Seasonality In Alberta, adults have been collected from late August to mid October. Identification
A small (2.5-3.1 cm wingspan) "square-winged" light grey moth with shiny white hindwings. The adults come in several form, the most common with the forewings marked with a large dark triangular patch in the upper…
A small (2.5-3.1 cm wingspan) "square-winged" light grey moth with shiny white hindwings. The adults come in several form, the most common with the forewings marked with a large dark triangular patch in the upper median area, and an oblique black streak along the wing base. The antemedian and postmedian lines are doubled and sinuous, and the round reniform spot has a rust-red pupil. There is also a thin black terminal line. Some specimens lack the dark patches and are quite uniform in color. The hindwings are shiny white, darkening slightly toward the margin. The antennae are simple and the sexes are similar. The similar N. frigidana is darker grey and lacks the dark edging or basal streaks along the wing base, and often have an egg shaped white or silvery patch near the upper forewing base. There are also a number of similar appearing Tortricid moths.
Life History
According to Prentice (1962) the larvae feed as colonial tent makers when common, but are also frequently found as single defoliators. The late fall-early spring flight period may indicate that adults overwinter.…
According to Prentice (1962) the larvae feed as colonial tent makers when common, but are also frequently found as single defoliators. The late fall-early spring flight period may indicate that adults overwinter. Adults are occasionally collected in light traps, but they are apparently not strongly attracted to lights and may be much more common than trapping would indicate.
Conservation A widespread species; no concerns. Diet Info Poplars, and in particular Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera). Range Newfoundland west across Canada to southern BC. In Alberta the Grey Midget has been collected in the Boreal forest and parkland regions, north to Zama and south to Edmonton and Didsbury.

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"Species Details - Nycteola cinereana, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-2776/9-7388. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Authorship

Name Anweiler, G. G.
Role species page author
Date 2002-12

References

Specimen Information

There are 21 specimens of this Species.

21 results plotted on map in 14 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM13726 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1923-10-01

UASM13727 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1926-09-13

UASM13729 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1942-10-17

UASM13730 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1943-09-28

UASM13734 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1942-10-02

UASM13739 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1944-10-02

UASM13748 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1945-10-08

UASM24651 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Tolman Bridge Provincial Recreational Area Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2000-09-09

BIRD6692 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Erskine Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2000-09-12

BIRD6697 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Winfield Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2003-08-26

UASM59031 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Quebec, Norway Bay Collected ByHobbs, G. A.

UASM59033 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected1993-08-31

UASM59034 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Lake Traverse

UASM59052 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-04-28

UASM59053 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1935-10-03

UASM59054 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1928-10-06

BIRD31690 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Rimbey Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2009-07-12

UASM184783 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Josephine county, Williams Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-08-24

UASM184784 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Agassiz Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-06-04

BIRD33810 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Medicine Lake Recreation Area Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2010-06-27

BIRD33811 - Nycteola cinereana

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Medicine Lake Recreation Area Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2010-06-27

Adult Seasonal Distribution