Species Details

Xylena nupera

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Seasonalityemerges in fall, from late August through mid November (!)), and hibernates as an adult before re-appearing in spring, around the first of May in Alberta

Scientific Name Xylena nupera Habitat southern fringe of the Boreal forest region; wide range of open vegetated habitats such as meadows and gardens, less commonly in open woodland Seasonality emerges in fall, from late August through mid November (!)), and hibernates as an adult before re-appearing in spring, around the first of May in Alberta Life History
Like all Xylena and most Xylenini, nupera emerges in fall, from late August through mid November (!)), and hibernates as an adult before re-appearing in spring, around the first of May in Alberta. They occur in a wide…
Like all Xylena and most Xylenini, nupera emerges in fall, from late August through mid November (!)), and hibernates as an adult before re-appearing in spring, around the first of May in Alberta. They occur in a wide range of open vegetated habitats such as meadows and gardens, less commonly in open woodland. Adults come to both light and sugar baits, but like Catocala moths are probably more common at bait. Larvae are generalists, feeding on a variety of forbs, herbs and gramminoids, also on the leaves of some trees or shrubs (i.e. willow, cherry). There is a single brood.
Diet Info Larvae are generalists, feeding on a variety of forbs, herbs and gramminoids, also on the leaves of some trees or shrubs (i.e. willow, cherry). Range
Nupera occurs in Canada from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island. In Alberta it is widespread in the parklands, extending west to the edge of the mountains (Nordegg) and south well into the arid grasslands region. It…
Nupera occurs in Canada from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island. In Alberta it is widespread in the parklands, extending west to the edge of the mountains (Nordegg) and south well into the arid grasslands region. It appears to be absent from all but the southern fringe of the Boreal forest region.
Notes
Xylena is the largest as well as the least often collected of the Alberta Xylena species. It is also the only species that is widespread in the arid grasslands region, where it occurs in mesic sites. Fall specimens…
Xylena is the largest as well as the least often collected of the Alberta Xylena species. It is also the only species that is widespread in the arid grasslands region, where it occurs in mesic sites. Fall specimens are much brighter in color than spring post-hibernation specimens.

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"Xylena nupera, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6115. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Cuculliinae Genus Xylena Species Xylena nupera
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