Species Details

Abagrotis discoidalis

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SeasonalityAlberta adults are on the wing late June through mid-August. IdentificationOne of the small western species of Abagrotis. Superficially they resembles A. hermina in having dark brown forewings and pale hindwings. However they can be easily separated from other species of Abagrotis by the dark streak passing through the orbicular and reniform spots, and in particular by the black filling in the space between the two spots. Even in poorly marked specimens some evidence of this streak will show. In this character they resemble some species of Euxoa.

Scientific Name Abagrotis discoidalis Habitat Dry prairie grassland with greasewood. Seasonality Alberta adults are on the wing late June through mid-August. Identification
One of the small western species of Abagrotis. Superficially they resembles A. hermina in having dark brown forewings and pale hindwings. However they can be easily separated from other species of Abagrotis by the…
One of the small western species of Abagrotis. Superficially they resembles A. hermina in having dark brown forewings and pale hindwings. However they can be easily separated from other species of Abagrotis by the dark streak passing through the orbicular and reniform spots, and in particular by the black filling in the space between the two spots. Even in poorly marked specimens some evidence of this streak will show. In this character they resemble some species of Euxoa.
Life History There is a single annual brood. Adults are attracted to light. Conservation An uncommon local species, but no obvious reasons for concern. Diet Info The only known larval host is greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) (Lafontaine, 1998). Range A western species, ranging from the dry interior of WA , OR and CA, west to n. AZ and NM, CO and north into southern AB. In Alberta it has been found north to Dinosaur Provincial Park

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"Abagrotis discoidalis, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-5232. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Noctuinae Genus Abagrotis Species Abagrotis discoidalis
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