Species Details

Nepytia canosaria

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Common NameFalse Hemlock Looper SeasonalityAdults fly in late August and September in Alberta. IdentificationWings grey-white heavily dusted with dark grey, median area slightly darker and bordered with scalloped, prominent AM and PM lines. Discal spots large. Slightly darker and smaller than the similar Cingilia caternaria. N. freemani is very similar, but lacks the yellow scales at the top of the head of canosaria; the ranges of the two do not overlap, with freemani strictly a foothills/mountain species in Alberta.

Scientific Name Nepytia canosaria Common Name False Hemlock Looper Seasonality Adults fly in late August and September in Alberta. Identification
Wings grey-white heavily dusted with dark grey, median area slightly darker and bordered with scalloped, prominent AM and PM lines. Discal spots large. Slightly darker and smaller than the similar Cingilia caternaria.…
Wings grey-white heavily dusted with dark grey, median area slightly darker and bordered with scalloped, prominent AM and PM lines. Discal spots large. Slightly darker and smaller than the similar Cingilia caternaria. N. freemani is very similar, but lacks the yellow scales at the top of the head of canosaria; the ranges of the two do not overlap, with freemani strictly a foothills/mountain species in Alberta.
Life History
The caterpillar is boldly striped with green and yellow, a pattern helping it to blend in to the needles of its coniferous hosts. Pupates in a flimsy cocoon among host foliage. Adults are both diurnal and nocturnal…
The caterpillar is boldly striped with green and yellow, a pattern helping it to blend in to the needles of its coniferous hosts. Pupates in a flimsy cocoon among host foliage. Adults are both diurnal and nocturnal (McGuffin 1987).
Conservation Not of concern. Diet Info Larvae feed on conifers, particularly balsam fir (Abies balsamaea) and white spruce (Picea glauca). Range Northeastern Alberta east to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, south through New England.

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"Nepytia canosaria, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-4448. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Geometroidea Family Geometridae Subfamily Ennominae Tribe Ourapterygini Genus Nepytia Species Nepytia canosaria
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