Species Details

Leucania farcta

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Seasonalitylate June IdentificationA medium-size moth (approx. 3.7 cm wingspan) with straw yellow forewings tinted with orange or pink to varying degrees. The forewings often have slightly darker shading under the basal half of the median line, and there is a small white spot at the end of the cell. The postmedian line is usually indicated by a few small dots at the veins. The hindwings are white with a light tint of the forewing color. The antennae are filiform and the sexes are alike. The pink form of L. anteoclara "calgariana" may be superficially indistinguishable, and the genitalia must be examined for a positive identification. The single large spine of anteoclara is located on a much longer diverticulum that also has a small "ear". This diverticulum is essentially lacking in farcta, and the spine is oriented back toward the base. Other Alberta Leucania have more strongly marked forewings and/or dark hindwings.

Scientific Name Leucania farcta Habitat meadows and other open grassy habitats Seasonality late June Identification
A medium-size moth (approx. 3.7 cm wingspan) with straw yellow forewings tinted with orange or pink to varying degrees. The forewings often have slightly darker shading under the basal half of the median line, and…
A medium-size moth (approx. 3.7 cm wingspan) with straw yellow forewings tinted with orange or pink to varying degrees. The forewings often have slightly darker shading under the basal half of the median line, and there is a small white spot at the end of the cell. The postmedian line is usually indicated by a few small dots at the veins. The hindwings are white with a light tint of the forewing color. The antennae are filiform and the sexes are alike. The pink form of L. anteoclara "calgariana" may be superficially indistinguishable, and the genitalia must be examined for a positive identification. The single large spine of anteoclara is located on a much longer diverticulum that also has a small "ear". This diverticulum is essentially lacking in farcta, and the spine is oriented back toward the base. Other Alberta Leucania have more strongly marked forewings and/or dark hindwings.
Life History
The adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single annual brood. The larval hosts of most Leucania, and probably also farcta, are grasses. Like most Leucania, farcta frequents meadows and other open grassy…
The adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single annual brood. The larval hosts of most Leucania, and probably also farcta, are grasses. Like most Leucania, farcta frequents meadows and other open grassy habitats. The lone Alberta specimen was collected in late June.
Diet Info The larval hosts are grasses. Range A western moth, common throughout much of BC and southward; north to the southern Yukon. Thus far known in Alberta only from a recent (2006) specimen collected near Jasper by Chris Schmidt and myself. Notes
Leucania farcta is one of 5 species of Leucania found in Alberta. It is very closely related to L. anteoclara and is almost impossible to tell from the pink forms of anteoclara without checking the genitalia. The pink…
Leucania farcta is one of 5 species of Leucania found in Alberta. It is very closely related to L. anteoclara and is almost impossible to tell from the pink forms of anteoclara without checking the genitalia. The pink forms of anteoclara are not uncommon in the mountains and foothills. We have dissected specimens from Waterton to Jasper, but found only the single specimen of farcta. In turn, all specimens we examined from southeastern BC proved to be farcta.

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"Species Details - Leucania farcta, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6079. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Specimen Information

There are 68 specimens of this Species.

65 results plotted on map in 41 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM41378 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Barriere Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected1989-07-12

UASM41379 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Burnaby Collected ByMengersen, E. Date Collected1990-07-09/1990-07-10

UASM59276 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Jasper National Park, Palisade Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2006-06-28

UASM59323 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Riondel Collected BySchmidt, B. C. Date Collected1998-07-08

UASM59324 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Cranbrook Collected ByJanz, L. Date Collected1995-07-17

UASM110774 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Yukon Territory, Tarfu Lake Collected BySchmidt, B. C. Date Collected2004-06-30

UASM119940 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Okanagan Falls Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1990-07-29/1990-08-04

UASM119941 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Okanagan Falls Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1990-06-03/1990-06-09

UASM119942 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Walla Walla county, Walla Walla Collected ByCook, W. Date Collected1956-08-09

UASM119943 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: California, Plumas county, Quincy Collected BySmith, C. Date Collected1949-07-06

UASM119944 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Salmon Point Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1994-06-25

UASM119945 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Nicola Lake Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1999-08-01

UASM119946 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Nicola Lake Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1999-08-01

UASM119947 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Coquihalla Summit Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1994-07-22

UASM119948 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Seton Lake Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-06-29

UASM119949 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Lane county, Rainbow Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-06-27

UASM119950 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Agassiz Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-06-21

UASM119951 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Agassiz Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-06-26

UASM119952 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Manning Provincial Park Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1993-07-23

UASM119953 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Manning Provincial Park Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1993-07-23

UASM119954 - Leucania farcta

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Oyster River Collected ByRobinson, C. Date Collected1994-06-19/1994-06-24

Adult Seasonal Distribution