Species Details

Actebia fennica

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Common NameBlack Army Cutworm SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta from early mid July through mid September. IdentificationA medium-size (3.9-4.2 cm wingspan) dark brown moth with relatively narrow forewings with doubled black basal, antemedian and postmedian lines. The subterminal line is a marked by a row of lighter scales. The orbicular and reniform spots are prominent, the former oval and filled with light brown scales and the later kidney-shaped and partly filled with rusty-orange. The claviform is elongate and filled with black, and there are two short black streaks inside the upper subterminal line. Males differ from females in having a broad pale rusty-orange border to the posterior edge of the forewings. The hindwings are dirty white, shading to darker brown toward the margin. The narrow forewings with rusty-orange reniform and, in males, the paler lower margin, will usually identify this moth. The larvae are described in Lafontaine, 2004.

Scientific Name Actebia fennica Common Name Black Army Cutworm Habitat Open edges; urban gardens woods and woodland and parks. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta from early mid July through mid September. Identification
A medium-size (3.9-4.2 cm wingspan) dark brown moth with relatively narrow forewings with doubled black basal, antemedian and postmedian lines. The subterminal line is a marked by a row of lighter scales. The…
A medium-size (3.9-4.2 cm wingspan) dark brown moth with relatively narrow forewings with doubled black basal, antemedian and postmedian lines. The subterminal line is a marked by a row of lighter scales. The orbicular and reniform spots are prominent, the former oval and filled with light brown scales and the later kidney-shaped and partly filled with rusty-orange. The claviform is elongate and filled with black, and there are two short black streaks inside the upper subterminal line. Males differ from females in having a broad pale rusty-orange border to the posterior edge of the forewings. The hindwings are dirty white, shading to darker brown toward the margin. The narrow forewings with rusty-orange reniform and, in males, the paler lower margin, will usually identify this moth. The larvae are described in Lafontaine, 2004.
Life History Poorly known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single brood each year. Conservation A common widespread species; no concerns. Diet Info
Larvae feed on a wide variety of plants, including Atriplex; Minuarta, Lathyrus, Salix, Vaccinium, Ulmus, Trifolium, Allijum, peas, and other trees and low plants. The preferred host is blueberry (Vaccinium) and…
Larvae feed on a wide variety of plants, including Atriplex; Minuarta, Lathyrus, Salix, Vaccinium, Ulmus, Trifolium, Allijum, peas, and other trees and low plants. The preferred host is blueberry (Vaccinium) and fennica can be a pest on commercial blueberry crops in the east. They also feed on young conifers, and can be a problem where conifers have been planted for reforestation efforts, in particular in areas where blueberries are also common.
Range
Holarctic; from Newfoundland to western Europe, mainly in the boreal region, south to New England, southern Montana and northern Oregon. It occurs throughout most of the wooded areas of Alberta, including the wooded…
Holarctic; from Newfoundland to western Europe, mainly in the boreal region, south to New England, southern Montana and northern Oregon. It occurs throughout most of the wooded areas of Alberta, including the wooded valleys in the grasslands region.

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"Species Details - Actebia fennica, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-5353. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Specimen Information

There are 42 specimens of this Species.

42 results plotted on map in 26 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM18151 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1928-07-04

UASM18153 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1942-08-01

UASM18154 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Date Collected1919-07-22

UASM18155 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cadomin Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1919-08-06

UASM18159 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Date Collected1917-08-11

UASM18161 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Date Collected1917-07-24

UASM18165 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Date Collected1919-07-04

UASM18166 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Nordegg Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1920-07-18

UASM18170 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1943-07-17

UASM18176 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake Date Collected1918-07-20

UASM18186 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1924-07-29

UASM18192 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByMackie, Donald Date Collected1918-09-15

UASM18193 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Date Collected1913-08-27

UASM18195 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake Date Collected1918-07-20

UASM18197 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Calgary

UASM7362 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Tofield Collected BySchmidt, B. C. Date Collected2000-08-02

UASM34751 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Bitumount Collected ByMacaulay, D.; Lawrie, D. Date Collected2000-08-21

BIRD9261 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Erskine Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-09-21

BIRD9262 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, J.J. Collett Natural Area Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2004-07-06

UASM57290 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected1996-07-19

UASM58823 - Actebia fennica

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Taber Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2005-09-01

Adult Seasonal Distribution