Species Details

Odontosia elegans

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Common NameElegant Prominent SeasonalityAdults in Alberta late May through mid-July, larvae from late June through September. IdentificationA rather large (4.5-6 cm. wingspan) moth with dark slate-grey forewings, shading to paler gray toward the lower margin . The forewing margin is somewhat scalloped, with a short, white basal line with pale orange scaling below and a prominent "tooth" midway along the lower margin. The hindwing is white, shading to dark grey in the anal angle. Unmistakable.

Scientific Name Odontosia elegans Common Name Elegant Prominent Habitat Mature poplar forest and mixedwood forest with poplars. Seasonality Adults in Alberta late May through mid-July, larvae from late June through September. Identification
A rather large (4.5-6 cm. wingspan) moth with dark slate-grey forewings, shading to paler gray toward the lower margin . The forewing margin is somewhat scalloped, with a short, white basal line with pale orange…
A rather large (4.5-6 cm. wingspan) moth with dark slate-grey forewings, shading to paler gray toward the lower margin . The forewing margin is somewhat scalloped, with a short, white basal line with pale orange scaling below and a prominent "tooth" midway along the lower margin. The hindwing is white, shading to dark grey in the anal angle. Unmistakable.
Life History The adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single brood, and the larvae are solitary defoliators. They overwinter in the pupal stage. Conservation A widespread and fairly common species; no concerns. Diet Info No Alberta data available; elsewhere poplars. Canadian records (Prentice et al. 1962) are all from aspen poplar (Populus tremuloides). Range
Transcontinental across southern Canada, in particular in the parkland and southern boreal forest region, south to Texas. In Alberta found across the aspen parklands and the foothills, north into the boreal forest at…
Transcontinental across southern Canada, in particular in the parkland and southern boreal forest region, south to Texas. In Alberta found across the aspen parklands and the foothills, north into the boreal forest at least to the Ft. McMurray area.

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"Species Details - Odontosia elegans, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-398. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Notodontidae Genus Odontosia Species Odontosia elegans
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