Species Details

Feralia major

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Common NameMajor Sallow SeasonalityIn Alberta the adults fly in mid to late April. IdentificationA medium-size (approx.4.0 cm wingspan robust olive grey-green and black moth that flies in early spring. The basal and terminal areas of the forewings are lighter olive green, with smaller patches along the costa, around the orbicular and reniform spots, with the remainder suffused with black. The amount of black varies considerable, and the illustrated specimen (from Redwater) is about average. The hindwings are dark grey, usually with pale olive in the disc and on the lower margin. The fringes are checkered. The thorax and abdomen are olive and black. Sexes similar, except male antennae bipectinate, female simple. The other two Alberta species of Feralia are more common and widespread. F. comstocki is paler green with greatly reduced dark areas and lighter hindwings; F. jocosa is smaller with darker hindwings, and usually lacks the extensive dark suffusion on the forewings.

Scientific Name Feralia major Common Name Major Sallow Habitat Major occurs in coniferous forest, in particular where there are pines. Seasonality In Alberta the adults fly in mid to late April. Identification
A medium-size (approx.4.0 cm wingspan robust olive grey-green and black moth that flies in early spring. The basal and terminal areas of the forewings are lighter olive green, with smaller patches along the costa,…
A medium-size (approx.4.0 cm wingspan robust olive grey-green and black moth that flies in early spring. The basal and terminal areas of the forewings are lighter olive green, with smaller patches along the costa, around the orbicular and reniform spots, with the remainder suffused with black. The amount of black varies considerable, and the illustrated specimen (from Redwater) is about average. The hindwings are dark grey, usually with pale olive in the disc and on the lower margin. The fringes are checkered. The thorax and abdomen are olive and black. Sexes similar, except male antennae bipectinate, female simple. The other two Alberta species of Feralia are more common and widespread. F. comstocki is paler green with greatly reduced dark areas and lighter hindwings; F. jocosa is smaller with darker hindwings, and usually lacks the extensive dark suffusion on the forewings.
Life History
Like other Feralia species, the life history is probably closely linked to the appearance of new buds on the host conifers. Adults emerge early in the spring and lay eggs which hatch about the time the bud scales drop…
Like other Feralia species, the life history is probably closely linked to the appearance of new buds on the host conifers. Adults emerge early in the spring and lay eggs which hatch about the time the bud scales drop off the new buds. The larvae feed on the soft new needles until they harden, then pupate. They complete much of their transformation in the pupae before winter, and thus are ready to emerge as soon as it warms in spring. They are nocturnal and come to light.
Diet Info The larvae are solitary defoliators of conifers, including spruce and pines. Range
Feralia major was described from New York State, and occurs from the northeastern USA west across the southern boreal forest to western Alberta. The southern limits of distribution are uncertain, as populations from…
Feralia major was described from New York State, and occurs from the northeastern USA west across the southern boreal forest to western Alberta. The southern limits of distribution are uncertain, as populations from the southeastern USA south to Texas are brighter blue-green and based on bar-coded specimens appear to be a separate species.

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"Species Details - Feralia major, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-5317. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Authorship

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

References

Specimen Information

There are 51 specimens of this Species.

51 results plotted on map in 20 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM19647 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Redwater Collected ByLawrie, D. Date Collected1999-04-17

UASM24545 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Redwater Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C.; Lawrie, D. Date Collected1999-04-17

UASM34762 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Gainford Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2001-04-27

UASM59154 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

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

UASM139977 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2005-04-18

UASM139978 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2005-04-18

UASM139979 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2003-05-04

UASM139980 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2005-04-18

UASM139981 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2005-04-15

UASM139982 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2005-04-15

UASM139983 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2005-04-18

UASM139984 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2005-05-04

UASM139985 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2005-04-18

UASM139986 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Carp Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2005-04-18

UASM139987 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Maine, Penobscot county, Enfield Collected ByGrey, L. P. Date Collected1981-05-01

UASM139988 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Maine, Penobscot county, Enfield Collected ByGrey, L. P. Date Collected1979-04-24

UASM139989 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Maine, Penobscot county, Enfield Collected ByGrey, L. P. Date Collected1983-04-22

UASM139990 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Stittsville Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2003-04-07

UASM139991 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Stittsville Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2003-04-07

UASM139992 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Stittsville Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2003-05-07

UASM139993 - Feralia major

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Ontario, Stittsville Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2003-04-19

Adult Seasonal Distribution