Species Details

Anicla tepperi

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SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta from mid June through mid July. IdentificationA medium size (3.6 - 4.0 cm wingspan) blue-grey moth with prominent but variable darker grey or black banding and streaking. The normal lines are usually well-marked, in particular the antemedian and postmedian lines. The orbicular spot is nearly obsolete, but the reniform is marked by a patch of black scales. The veins are lighter than the ground, and there is usually darker scaling between them, resulting in a streaky appearance. The hindwings are white, shading slightly darker toward the outer margin. There is a prominent and contrasting jet-black prothoracic collar, slightly crescent-shaped, which will distinguish it from similar species. The related E. exuberans also has a black collar, but is paler grey or brown and lacks the lines across the wings. The larvae are described in Lafontaine (2004). The genus Euagrotis was recently sunk to subgeneric status under Anicla.

Scientific Name Anicla tepperi Habitat Dry native grasslands. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta from mid June through mid July. Identification
A medium size (3.6 - 4.0 cm wingspan) blue-grey moth with prominent but variable darker grey or black banding and streaking. The normal lines are usually well-marked, in particular the antemedian and postmedian…
A medium size (3.6 - 4.0 cm wingspan) blue-grey moth with prominent but variable darker grey or black banding and streaking. The normal lines are usually well-marked, in particular the antemedian and postmedian lines. The orbicular spot is nearly obsolete, but the reniform is marked by a patch of black scales. The veins are lighter than the ground, and there is usually darker scaling between them, resulting in a streaky appearance. The hindwings are white, shading slightly darker toward the outer margin. There is a prominent and contrasting jet-black prothoracic collar, slightly crescent-shaped, which will distinguish it from similar species. The related E. exuberans also has a black collar, but is paler grey or brown and lacks the lines across the wings. The larvae are described in Lafontaine (2004). The genus Euagrotis was recently sunk to subgeneric status under Anicla.
Life History Poorly known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single annual brood. Conservation A fairly common species; no concerns. Diet Info The larvae have been reared on wheat, but are believed to feed naturally on a variety of grasses (Lafontaine, 2004). Range Eastern Manitoba west to the Alberta foothills, north to about Lloydminster and south to southern Colorado. In Alberta found throughout the grasslands and southern foothills, north to the Edmonton and Lloyminster areas.

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"Anicla tepperi, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-5355. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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