Species Details

Anarta nigrolunata

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IdentificationA small diurnal moth with mottled black and grey forewings with a large dark reniform spot, and white hindwings with a wide dark border and a prominent black discal lunule (hence the name). Very similar in both appearance and habits to Sympistis zetterstedti. The easiest way to separate the two species is by checking the ventral surface, which has prominent black fore- and hind wing discal lunules in Anarta lacking in Sympistis (see lower figure).

Scientific Name Anarta nigrolunata Identification
A small diurnal moth with mottled black and grey forewings with a large dark reniform spot, and white hindwings with a wide dark border and a prominent black discal lunule (hence the name). Very similar in both…
A small diurnal moth with mottled black and grey forewings with a large dark reniform spot, and white hindwings with a wide dark border and a prominent black discal lunule (hence the name). Very similar in both appearance and habits to Sympistis zetterstedti. The easiest way to separate the two species is by checking the ventral surface, which has prominent black fore- and hind wing discal lunules in Anarta lacking in Sympistis (see lower figure).
Life History Poorly known. Adults are diurnal and visit flowers. There is a single annual brood. Range Widespread across the Arctic abnd alpine regions of Canada. In Alberta reported only from the Nordegg area.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Hadeninae Genus Anarta Species Anarta nigrolunata
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