Species Details

Scoliopteryx libatrix

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Common NameThe Herald SeasonalityAdults fly in Alberta from late March through early October, with a gap in July. Adults hibernate. IdentificationUnmistakable. A medium-size (3.8-4.3 cm wingspan) orange-brown moth with falcate and strongly scalloped forewings. The forewing is crossed by a faint antemedian and prominent, slightly curved, doubled pale postmedian line. A broad brighter orange basal streak expands into the median area. The hindwings are dull orange-brown. Antennae of males are bipectinate. Scoliopteryx belongs to the Noctuid subfamily Catocalinae.

Scientific Name Scoliopteryx libatrix Common Name The Herald Habitat Wooded areas. Seasonality Adults fly in Alberta from late March through early October, with a gap in July. Adults hibernate. Identification
Unmistakable. A medium-size (3.8-4.3 cm wingspan) orange-brown moth with falcate and strongly scalloped forewings. The forewing is crossed by a faint antemedian and prominent, slightly curved, doubled pale postmedian…
Unmistakable. A medium-size (3.8-4.3 cm wingspan) orange-brown moth with falcate and strongly scalloped forewings. The forewing is crossed by a faint antemedian and prominent, slightly curved, doubled pale postmedian line. A broad brighter orange basal streak expands into the median area. The hindwings are dull orange-brown. Antennae of males are bipectinate. Scoliopteryx belongs to the Noctuid subfamily Catocalinae.
Life History
The Herald emerges from the pupae in late summer or early fall, then hibernates. Hibernating adults may be found in barns and other buildings, and numbers have been found in limestone caves in Manitoba. The adults…
The Herald emerges from the pupae in late summer or early fall, then hibernates. Hibernating adults may be found in barns and other buildings, and numbers have been found in limestone caves in Manitoba. The adults re-appear in spring and lay eggs. The larvae, which are solitary defoliators on willow and poplars, are bright green with a yellow dorsal stripe. The larvae pupate in summer, in a slight cocoon between leaves of the host-plant. Adults are nocturnal and come to both light and sugar bait. The larva is illustrated in Ives and Wong (1988) as well as with adults on a number of websites
Conservation An uncommon but very widespread species; no concerns. Diet Info Mainly willow of many species (Salix spp.), also poplar (Populus sp.) (Prentice, 1962). Range Holarctic; in North America from NFLD to Vancouver Island, south to northern Mexico. Throughout the wooded areas of Alberta.

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"Scoliopteryx libatrix, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-3872. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Catocalinae Genus Scoliopteryx Species Scoliopteryx libatrix
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