Species Details

Oncocnemis mackiei

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Common NameMackie's Beauty SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta late July through September. IdentificationA medium-size (3.0 - 3.2 cm wingspan) grey moth with paler grey and black markings. The forewing has a prominent long narrow black basal dash that meets the pale, elongate claviform, the later faintly outlined in black. The pale orbicular and reniform are combined into a long, narrow wedge, also outlined in black. The normal cross lines are reduced to a series of dark spots on the costa. The veins on the outer half of the wing are finely marked in black scales. The subterminal line is indicated by a series of pale streaks, and the fringe is checkered grey and white. The hindwings are dirty white on the basal half, darkening to form a wide grey terminal band. There is also a small, grey discal bar. The hindwing fringe is grey on the basal half then white. Antennae are simple, and the sexes are similar. Most likely to be confused with O. riparia.

Scientific Name Oncocnemis mackiei Common Name Mackie's Beauty Habitat Dry grasslands; badlands. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta late July through September. Identification
A medium-size (3.0 - 3.2 cm wingspan) grey moth with paler grey and black markings. The forewing has a prominent long narrow black basal dash that meets the pale, elongate claviform, the later faintly outlined in…
A medium-size (3.0 - 3.2 cm wingspan) grey moth with paler grey and black markings. The forewing has a prominent long narrow black basal dash that meets the pale, elongate claviform, the later faintly outlined in black. The pale orbicular and reniform are combined into a long, narrow wedge, also outlined in black. The normal cross lines are reduced to a series of dark spots on the costa. The veins on the outer half of the wing are finely marked in black scales. The subterminal line is indicated by a series of pale streaks, and the fringe is checkered grey and white. The hindwings are dirty white on the basal half, darkening to form a wide grey terminal band. There is also a small, grey discal bar. The hindwing fringe is grey on the basal half then white. Antennae are simple, and the sexes are similar. Most likely to be confused with O. riparia.
Life History Poorly known. Adults are mainly nocturnal and come to light, but have also been observed nectaring during the day in late summer (pers. obs.). There is a single annual brood, which flies in late summer. Conservation Fairly common but local; no reasons for concern. Diet Info unknown. Range Northern Great Plains north to central Saskatchewan and Alberta, south at least to Montana.

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"Oncocnemis mackiei, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-4565. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Cuculliinae Genus Oncocnemis Species Oncocnemis mackiei
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