Species Details

Protodeltote albidula

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Common NameCommon Midget SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta from late May through August, with the peak in June. IdentificationA small (2.0-2.2 cm.) pale almost unmarked broad-winged little moth easily mistaken for a small geometrid moth or one of the deltoid noctuids, i.e. Zanclognatha. The forewings are dull white mottled with very pale yellow-brown and a with a light brown fringe with a few white scales at the veins. The hindwings are dull white with a light tan cast and with scattered light brown scales near the margin. The ventral surfaces zre darker, with the forewings in particular dusted with brown scales. The palps and legs are dusted with dark brown. The antennae are simple and the sexes are similar.

Scientific Name Protodeltote albidula Common Name Common Midget Habitat Open mesic areas with tall grasses and other low vegetation. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta from late May through August, with the peak in June. Identification
A small (2.0-2.2 cm.) pale almost unmarked broad-winged little moth easily mistaken for a small geometrid moth or one of the deltoid noctuids, i.e. Zanclognatha. The forewings are dull white mottled with very pale…
A small (2.0-2.2 cm.) pale almost unmarked broad-winged little moth easily mistaken for a small geometrid moth or one of the deltoid noctuids, i.e. Zanclognatha. The forewings are dull white mottled with very pale yellow-brown and a with a light brown fringe with a few white scales at the veins. The hindwings are dull white with a light tan cast and with scattered light brown scales near the margin. The ventral surfaces zre darker, with the forewings in particular dusted with brown scales. The palps and legs are dusted with dark brown. The antennae are simple and the sexes are similar.
Life History The adult flight period is long, and there may be at least a small second brood. The adults are easily flushed during the day, but also come to light at night. Conservation A common widespread species Diet Info No Alberta data; elsewhere grasses (Rockburne and Lafontaine, 1976). Range Transcontinental, north to the Northwest Territories; in Alberta albidula occurs throughout the boreal forest, aspen parklands and foothills regions. Notes Formerly placed in the genus Lithacodia.
Protodeltote albidula
Protodeltote albidula

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"Protodeltote albidula, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-4443. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Acontiinae Genus Protodeltote Species Protodeltote albidula
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