Species Details

Proxenus miranda

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Common NameGlistening Rustic, Miranda Moth SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta from early June to mid August. IdentificationA small (2.5 cm wingspan) somewhat long-winged moth, with glistening sooty or brownish black forewings and white hindwings, the later darkening gradually on the outer third. Markings on the forewings confined to a small black point marking the orbicular and reniform spots, the latter partially outlined with light scales. P. mendosa is similar in appearance, but the forewings are paler silky grey-brown instead of black. Mendosa also has a paler head, which contrasts with the abdomen, and usually also has a prominent discal mark on the dorsal hindwing. Male miranda also lack the massive hair brush of long, soft hairs at the tip of the abdomen found in males of mendosa. Western populations of miranda, including those of Alberta, have been named ssp. nitens, which is described as larger and darker than nominate eastern miranda. Until recently, miranda was placed in the genus Athetis.

Scientific Name Proxenus miranda Common Name Glistening Rustic, Miranda Moth Habitat Wooded areas; meadows. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta from early June to mid August. Identification
A small (2.5 cm wingspan) somewhat long-winged moth, with glistening sooty or brownish black forewings and white hindwings, the later darkening gradually on the outer third. Markings on the forewings confined to a…
A small (2.5 cm wingspan) somewhat long-winged moth, with glistening sooty or brownish black forewings and white hindwings, the later darkening gradually on the outer third. Markings on the forewings confined to a small black point marking the orbicular and reniform spots, the latter partially outlined with light scales. P. mendosa is similar in appearance, but the forewings are paler silky grey-brown instead of black. Mendosa also has a paler head, which contrasts with the abdomen, and usually also has a prominent discal mark on the dorsal hindwing. Male miranda also lack the massive hair brush of long, soft hairs at the tip of the abdomen found in males of mendosa. Western populations of miranda, including those of Alberta, have been named ssp. nitens, which is described as larger and darker than nominate eastern miranda. Until recently, miranda was placed in the genus Athetis.
Life History Poorly known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light. August records in Alberta may indicate a second brood. Conservation A common widespread species; no concerns. Diet Info
Reported larval hosts include dandelion (Taraxacum), cantaloupe, Sugar beet, strawberry (Fragaria), and sweet potato. Larvae have also been found under matted alfalfa (Medicago) (Covell, 1984; Rings et al, 1992).
Reported larval hosts include dandelion (Taraxacum), cantaloupe, Sugar beet, strawberry (Fragaria), and sweet potato. Larvae have also been found under matted alfalfa (Medicago) (Covell, 1984; Rings et al, 1992).
Range NS and NJ west across southern Canada to southern Vancouver Island, south to CA. Found throughout most of the wooded parts of Alberta, from the north side of Lake Athabasca to the Milk River.

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"Species Details - Proxenus miranda, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-4566. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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Specimen Information

There are 161 specimens of this Species.

161 results plotted on map in 69 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

BIRD22263 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Big Knife Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2008-07-25

UASM130545 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Manitoulin Island Collected ByMorton, J. Date Collected1991-06-17

UASM130546 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Manitoulin Island Collected ByMorton, J. Date Collected1991-06-17

UASM130547 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Manitoulin Island Collected ByMorton, J. Date Collected1991-06-19

UASM130548 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Manitoulin Island Collected ByMorton, J. Date Collected1995-06-29

UASM130549 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Oyster River Collected ByRobinson, C. Date Collected1994-06-19/1994-06-24

UASM130550 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Rumsey Natural Area Collected ByAnweiler, G. Date Collected1998-06-25

UASM130551 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Ottawa Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2003-07-03

UASM130552 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2000-06-28

UASM130553 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2000-06-28

UASM130554 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2000-06-28

UASM130555 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2000-06-28

UASM130556 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2000-06-28

UASM130557 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2000-06-28

UASM130558 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2000-06-28

UASM130559 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Collected ByAnweiler, G. Date Collected1999-06-15

UASM130560 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Collected ByAnweiler, G. Date Collected1997-06-15

UASM130561 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Lillooet Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1998-07-02

UASM130562 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Opal Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1999-07-12

UASM130563 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Opal Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1999-07-12

UASM130564 - Proxenus miranda

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Saskatchewan, Burstall Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1999-07-13

Adult Seasonal Distribution