Species Details

Rhizagrotis cloanthoides

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SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta during the latter half of July. IdentificationA medium-size (3.3-3.5 cm wingspan) moth with dull grey forewings and white hindwings. The head, thorax and abdomen are grey; the thorax is streaked with darker and lighter grey lines adjacent to the tegulae. The forewings have a prominent black basal streak, and a less distinct thin one in the discal cell. There is a pair of short, black offset streaks marking the upper part of the subterminal line and another pair on the lower half, with the ground basad of both paler than the rest of the wing. The other normal lines and spots are absent, except for some pale scaling at the end of the cell where the reniform would be. The terminal line is a series of short black streaks between the veins, and the fringe is mostly grey. The hindwings are shining white, with the veins finely marked with grey-brown scales; the fringe is white with a scattering of grey. Rhizagrotis albalis has a similar pattern, but with more black scaling in the ground giving a much darker, streakier appearance than the smoother grey ground of cloanthoides. Rhizagrotis is currently placed in the noctuid subfamily Amphipyrinae.

Scientific Name Rhizagrotis cloanthoides Habitat Dry eroded grassland valley slopes; badlands. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta during the latter half of July. Identification
A medium-size (3.3-3.5 cm wingspan) moth with dull grey forewings and white hindwings. The head, thorax and abdomen are grey; the thorax is streaked with darker and lighter grey lines adjacent to the tegulae. The…
A medium-size (3.3-3.5 cm wingspan) moth with dull grey forewings and white hindwings. The head, thorax and abdomen are grey; the thorax is streaked with darker and lighter grey lines adjacent to the tegulae. The forewings have a prominent black basal streak, and a less distinct thin one in the discal cell. There is a pair of short, black offset streaks marking the upper part of the subterminal line and another pair on the lower half, with the ground basad of both paler than the rest of the wing. The other normal lines and spots are absent, except for some pale scaling at the end of the cell where the reniform would be. The terminal line is a series of short black streaks between the veins, and the fringe is mostly grey. The hindwings are shining white, with the veins finely marked with grey-brown scales; the fringe is white with a scattering of grey. Rhizagrotis albalis has a similar pattern, but with more black scaling in the ground giving a much darker, streakier appearance than the smoother grey ground of cloanthoides. Rhizagrotis is currently placed in the noctuid subfamily Amphipyrinae.
Life History Almost nothing is known. There appears to be a single brood in Alberta. The adults come to light. Conservation Local and uncommon at the northern extremity of their range in southern Alberta. No obvious concerns Diet Info No information available. Range
From southern Alberta south and west to at least Colorado, Utah and southern California. Cloanthoides has been collected in southern Alberta north to the lower South Saskatchewan River valley near the Saskatchewan…
From southern Alberta south and west to at least Colorado, Utah and southern California. Cloanthoides has been collected in southern Alberta north to the lower South Saskatchewan River valley near the Saskatchewan border and the Red Deer River at Tolman Bridge

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"Rhizagrotis cloanthoides, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-3751. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Amphipyrinae Genus Rhizagrotis Species Rhizagrotis cloanthoides
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