Species Details

Pronoctua peabodyae

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IdentificationA medium-size dull yellow-brown and grey-brown moth (3.5-4.2 cm wingspan). The pale cross-lines and spots do not contrast strongly with the darker ground. The hindwings are uniform grey-brown. Pronoctua species have an odd silky "sheen" (shared with Protoperigea species) that is hard to describe but once seen makes them fairly easy to recognize. Pronoctua peabodyae has darker hindwings and is darker and more contrasting than P. typica. The clasper of the male genitalia of P. peabodyae is very different from that of P. typica and Protoperigea species. See also the comments below re prairie versus mountain populations of peabodyae.

Scientific Name Pronoctua peabodyae Habitat dry open woodland in the mountains Identification
A medium-size dull yellow-brown and grey-brown moth (3.5-4.2 cm wingspan). The pale cross-lines and spots do not contrast strongly with the darker ground. The hindwings are uniform grey-brown. Pronoctua species have…
A medium-size dull yellow-brown and grey-brown moth (3.5-4.2 cm wingspan). The pale cross-lines and spots do not contrast strongly with the darker ground. The hindwings are uniform grey-brown. Pronoctua species have an odd silky "sheen" (shared with Protoperigea species) that is hard to describe but once seen makes them fairly easy to recognize. Pronoctua peabodyae has darker hindwings and is darker and more contrasting than P. typica. The clasper of the male genitalia of P. peabodyae is very different from that of P. typica and Protoperigea species. See also the comments below re prairie versus mountain populations of peabodyae.
Life History
Poorly known. P. peabodyae is single-brooded, with adults in Alberta in late summer (July 31– Aug. 16 in the mountains; Aug. 11-22 in the badlands). The adults come to light. Lafontaine (1998) summarizes the larval…
Poorly known. P. peabodyae is single-brooded, with adults in Alberta in late summer (July 31– Aug. 16 in the mountains; Aug. 11-22 in the badlands). The adults come to light. Lafontaine (1998) summarizes the larval description by Crumb (1956). The larval host(s) are apparently unknown, although the larva described by Crumb was reared on clover.
Range
A western moth, found from southeastern Alberta and the Black Hills of South Dakota west to southeastern BC and eastern Oregon, south to New Mexico and Arizona. In Alberta peabodyae has been collected at low to mid…
A western moth, found from southeastern Alberta and the Black Hills of South Dakota west to southeastern BC and eastern Oregon, south to New Mexico and Arizona. In Alberta peabodyae has been collected at low to mid (1300-1500m) elevations in dry open woodland in the mountains, north to Nordegg. It or a closely related undescribed species also occurs in the badlands of the Red Deer River.
Notes
Like P. typica, P. peabodyae is another drab difficult to describe noctuid moth. Although not listed by Bowman, three specimens from Nordegg were located in his collection under the name Protagrotis nichollae. The…
Like P. typica, P. peabodyae is another drab difficult to describe noctuid moth. Although not listed by Bowman, three specimens from Nordegg were located in his collection under the name Protagrotis nichollae. The existence of a population of Pronoctua in the Red Deer River badlands east of the mountains is surprising. Although these key out to peabodyae, genetic "bar-coding" of two specimens from each population shows they differ from each other genetically by about 2.5 and 3 percent, strongly indicating different species. The population in the mountains also flies about two weeks earlier than the one in the badlands.

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"Species Details - Pronoctua peabodyae, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6097. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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Specimen Information

There are 33 specimens of this Species.

33 results plotted on map in 9 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM2404 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dinosaur Provincial Park Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected1996-08-19

UASM58178 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer River Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2004-08-11

UASM105001 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1993-08-01

UASM105002 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Douglas county, Jameson Lake Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1999-09-17

UASM105003 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105004 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1995-08-18

UASM105005 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-14

UASM105006 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-14

UASM105007 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Chelan county, Junior Point Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1998-08-27

UASM105008 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1999-08-21

UASM105009 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105010 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105011 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105012 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105013 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105014 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105015 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105016 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-14

UASM105017 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-14

UASM105018 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1995-08-18

UASM105019 - Pronoctua peabodyae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected2002-08-27

Adult Seasonal Distribution