Species Details

Dichagyris variabilis

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SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta from early August to late September. IdentificationD. variabilis is a medium-size (3.8-4.0 cm wingspan) yellow-brown or pinkish-brown moth with white hindwings. It is a very "clean" looking moth; the only prominent markings are a small patch of dark scales indicating the orbicular spot and a dark vertical bar marking the reniform. It is unlikely to be mistaken for any other Alberta moth. Until recently it was placed in the genus Pseudorthosia, which is now treated as a subgenus (Lafontaine, 2004).

Scientific Name Dichagyris variabilis Habitat Dry open montane woodland; wooded grasslands drainages. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta from early August to late September. Identification
D. variabilis is a medium-size (3.8-4.0 cm wingspan) yellow-brown or pinkish-brown moth with white hindwings. It is a very "clean" looking moth; the only prominent markings are a small patch of dark scales indicating…
D. variabilis is a medium-size (3.8-4.0 cm wingspan) yellow-brown or pinkish-brown moth with white hindwings. It is a very "clean" looking moth; the only prominent markings are a small patch of dark scales indicating the orbicular spot and a dark vertical bar marking the reniform. It is unlikely to be mistaken for any other Alberta moth. Until recently it was placed in the genus Pseudorthosia, which is now treated as a subgenus (Lafontaine, 2004).
Life History Poorly known. Adults are nocturnal and attracted to light. There is a single annual brood that flies in late summer and early fall. Conservation Few Alberta collections; worthy of tracking. Diet Info No data. Crumb (1956) beat it from "shrubs". Range
Southern CA east to CO, western SD and southwestern SK and north to southern AB and BC. In Alberta it has been collected only in the foothills in the southwestern corner of the province, north to below Hailstone…
Southern CA east to CO, western SD and southwestern SK and north to southern AB and BC. In Alberta it has been collected only in the foothills in the southwestern corner of the province, north to below Hailstone Butte. Bowman (1951) also lists "Zone 3" (Lethbridge area) but no specimens from there have been located.

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"Dichagyris variabilis, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-5356. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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