Species Details

Proserpinus flavofasciata

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Common NameYellow-banded Day Sphinx SeasonalityAdults are on the wing in Alberta in late spring and early summer (May to early July). IdentificationA small dark heavy-bodied day-flying moth with yellow and black hindwings. The forewings are black with a broad pale semi-translucent stripe across the outer half. The hindwings are black with a broad yellow band and a black border. Head and thorax yellow, abdomen black with two small light patches at the end. Unmistakable.

Scientific Name Proserpinus flavofasciata Common Name Yellow-banded Day Sphinx Habitat Clearings, edges and openings in boreal and mountain forests. Seasonality Adults are on the wing in Alberta in late spring and early summer (May to early July). Identification
A small dark heavy-bodied day-flying moth with yellow and black hindwings. The forewings are black with a broad pale semi-translucent stripe across the outer half. The hindwings are black with a broad yellow band and…
A small dark heavy-bodied day-flying moth with yellow and black hindwings. The forewings are black with a broad pale semi-translucent stripe across the outer half. The hindwings are black with a broad yellow band and a black border. Head and thorax yellow, abdomen black with two small light patches at the end. Unmistakable.
Life History The adults fly in spring, when fruit trees and lilacs are in bloom. They are diurnal and visit flowers for nectar. There is a single brood which overwinters as pupae in the soil. Conservation A widespread species, rarely collected due to the behaviour and remote habitat. Diet Info No Alberta data; elsewhere reported to use fireweed (Epilobium) and Rubus sp. as hosts. Adults nectar at flowers including lilac, apples, cherry, saskatoon, dandelion and Labrador tea. Range From the east coast (Maine and Massachusetts) west across the Boreal forest and in the mountains to southern Vancouver Island. In Alberta, it has been taken as far south as Edmonton and Nordegg and north to Zama City.

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"Species Details - Proserpinus flavofasciata, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-542. Accessed 06 Feb. 2023.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Sphingoidea Family Sphingidae Genus Proserpinus Species Proserpinus flavofasciata
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