Species Details

Brachionycha borealis

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IdentificationA robust hairy medium-sized (approximately 4.5 cm wingspan) grey moth with black markings. Forewings grey with dull black lines and streaks. The antemedian and postmedian lines are complete, the former erratic and the later arcing basad near the costa. The claviform spot is outlined in black, as are the veins, and there are short black streaks running to the margin between the veins. The hind wings are white with a light dusting of grey. The veins are lined with dark scales, there is a prominent dark discal lunule, and a dark terminal line broken at the veins. Fringe white. Sexes similar but male antennae pectinate, female simple or serrate. Adults and genitalia of both sexes are illustrated in Poole (op. cit.)

Scientific Name Brachionycha borealis Habitat Collected in boreal woodland and in dry wooded parts of the aspen Parklands. Identification
A robust hairy medium-sized (approximately 4.5 cm wingspan) grey moth with black markings. Forewings grey with dull black lines and streaks. The antemedian and postmedian lines are complete, the former erratic and the…
A robust hairy medium-sized (approximately 4.5 cm wingspan) grey moth with black markings. Forewings grey with dull black lines and streaks. The antemedian and postmedian lines are complete, the former erratic and the later arcing basad near the costa. The claviform spot is outlined in black, as are the veins, and there are short black streaks running to the margin between the veins. The hind wings are white with a light dusting of grey. The veins are lined with dark scales, there is a prominent dark discal lunule, and a dark terminal line broken at the veins. Fringe white. Sexes similar but male antennae pectinate, female simple or serrate. Adults and genitalia of both sexes are illustrated in Poole (op. cit.)
Life History
Poorly known. There is a single annual brood, with adults on the wing in early spring (mid-April through early May). The larvae are described in Poole (op.cit.). Larvea have been reared from blueberry (Vaccinium…
Poorly known. There is a single annual brood, with adults on the wing in early spring (mid-April through early May). The larvae are described in Poole (op.cit.). Larvea have been reared from blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait.). Birch is a favored host of related B. nebulosa in Europe, and we suspect it is also a host of borealis in North America.
Range
Maine and Pennsylvania west to central Alberta. In Alberta it has been collected along the southern edge of the boreal forest west to the Holmes Crossing sandhills near Ft. Assiniboine and the Red Deer River valley at…
Maine and Pennsylvania west to central Alberta. In Alberta it has been collected along the southern edge of the boreal forest west to the Holmes Crossing sandhills near Ft. Assiniboine and the Red Deer River valley at McKenzie Crossing, west of Big Valley.

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"Species Details - Brachionycha borealis, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-5311. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Authorship

Name Anweiler, G. G.
Role species page author
Date 2007

References

Specimen Information

There are 21 specimens of this Species.

21 results plotted on map in 12 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM15104 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1940-05-02

UASM15107 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1924-05-02

UASM58071 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Holmes Crossing Wildland Park Collected ByMacaulay, D.; Dunne, S. Date Collected2004-05-01

BIRD10914 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Big Knife Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-05-01

BIRD15573 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, McKenzie Crossing Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2005-04-20

UASM59146 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C. Date Collected2006-04-20

UASM59147 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C. Date Collected2006-04-20

UASM59148 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C. Date Collected2006-04-20

UASM59149 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C. Date Collected2006-04-20

UASM59150 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C. Date Collected2006-04-20

UASM59151 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C. Date Collected2006-04-20

UASM59152 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C. Date Collected2006-04-20

UASM59153 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C. Date Collected2006-04-20

UASM150122 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected BySchmidt, C.; Anweiler, G. Date Collected2005-04-25

UASM150123 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Fort Assiniboine Collected ByMacaulay, D.; Dunne, S. Date Collected2004-05-01

UASM150124 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Fort Assiniboine Collected ByMacaulay, D.; Dunne, S. Date Collected2004-05-01

UASM150125 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Fort Assiniboine Collected ByMacaulay, D.; Dunne, S. Date Collected2004-05-01

UASM150126 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByAnweiler, G. Date Collected1999-04-23

UASM150127 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Wisconsin, Juneau county Collected ByKral Date Collected1982-04-24

UASM150128 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Black Sturgeon Lake Date Collected1964-05-24

UASM150129 - Brachionycha borealis

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Quebec, Degelis Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1998-05-05

Adult Seasonal Distribution