Species Details

Lapara bombycoides

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Common NameNorthern Pine Sphinx SeasonalityAdults are on the wing late June-July. The larval stage extends from late June to September. IdentificationA fairly large (5.0-5.7 cm wingspan) narrow-winged moth with dark brown wings. The forewing is faintly banded with darker brown, and there are several dark horizontal streaks in the median area. The hindwing is dark brown, without bands. The fringe is checkered light and dark brown. Unlikely to be mistaken for any other Alberta moth.

Scientific Name Lapara bombycoides Common Name Northern Pine Sphinx Habitat Dry boreal pine forests; late June-July. Seasonality Adults are on the wing late June-July. The larval stage extends from late June to September. Identification
A fairly large (5.0-5.7 cm wingspan) narrow-winged moth with dark brown wings. The forewing is faintly banded with darker brown, and there are several dark horizontal streaks in the median area. The hindwing is dark…
A fairly large (5.0-5.7 cm wingspan) narrow-winged moth with dark brown wings. The forewing is faintly banded with darker brown, and there are several dark horizontal streaks in the median area. The hindwing is dark brown, without bands. The fringe is checkered light and dark brown. Unlikely to be mistaken for any other Alberta moth.
Life History Adults are nocturnal and come to light. They overwinter in the soil as pupae. Conservation Local in Alberta. No conservation concerns. Diet Info
None for Alberta, although associated with jack pine. Elsewhere various species of pines (Pinus sp.), with Eastern white pine the major host in eastern Canada, and Jack pine the major host from northern Ontario west.…
None for Alberta, although associated with jack pine. Elsewhere various species of pines (Pinus sp.), with Eastern white pine the major host in eastern Canada, and Jack pine the major host from northern Ontario west. There is also a report of Tamarack (Larix).
Range
Mainly eastern and boreal, from Nova Scotia south to Georgia, west across the boreal forest to north eastern Alberta. In Alberta, at the north western edge of its range, and found so far only in the area from Ft.…
Mainly eastern and boreal, from Nova Scotia south to Georgia, west across the boreal forest to north eastern Alberta. In Alberta, at the north western edge of its range, and found so far only in the area from Ft. McMurray to Lake Athabasca.

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"Lapara bombycoides, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-558. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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