Species Details

Protogygia querula

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SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta from mid June through mid July. IdentificationA robust medium-size moth (3.9-4.5 cm wingspan) with pale buff-grey forewings with few prominent markings. Markings are more or less confined to a black basal dash and some scattered black scaling below the sinuous light line defining the lower part of the orbicular and the reniform spots. The antemedian line and in particular the scalloped postmedian line and the veins extending from it to the wing margin are usually lightly lined with dark scales. There is also a small patch of dark scales on the margin between each pair of vein, and the fringe is very faintly checkered. The hindwings are white, shading to light grey near the margin in most specimens. Some specimens, especially when very fresh, may be darker grey and better marked, but most seen have been very washed-out looking. The early stages are unknown.

Scientific Name Protogygia querula Habitat Badlands; arid native grasslands and slopes along drainages. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta from mid June through mid July. Identification
A robust medium-size moth (3.9-4.5 cm wingspan) with pale buff-grey forewings with few prominent markings. Markings are more or less confined to a black basal dash and some scattered black scaling below the sinuous…
A robust medium-size moth (3.9-4.5 cm wingspan) with pale buff-grey forewings with few prominent markings. Markings are more or less confined to a black basal dash and some scattered black scaling below the sinuous light line defining the lower part of the orbicular and the reniform spots. The antemedian line and in particular the scalloped postmedian line and the veins extending from it to the wing margin are usually lightly lined with dark scales. There is also a small patch of dark scales on the margin between each pair of vein, and the fringe is very faintly checkered. The hindwings are white, shading to light grey near the margin in most specimens. Some specimens, especially when very fresh, may be darker grey and better marked, but most seen have been very washed-out looking. The early stages are unknown.
Life History Poorly known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single annual brood. The immature stages are unknown. Conservation An uncommon species; but no obvious concerns. Range
Northern Arizona and New Mexico north to the Peace River area of west central Alberta, east to southwestern Saskatchewan and western North Dakota. In Alberta it has been collected in locally from the southern…
Northern Arizona and New Mexico north to the Peace River area of west central Alberta, east to southwestern Saskatchewan and western North Dakota. In Alberta it has been collected in locally from the southern foothills north in the Red Deer River valley to Tolman Bridge Recreation area east of Trochu. There is a disjunct population in the Peace River district.
Notes Protogygia querula was described from Dod material from the Red Deer River near present day Dorothy.

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"Protogygia querula, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6100. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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