Species Details

Oncocnemis sandaraca

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IdentificationA medium size (approx. 3.2 cm wingspan) moth. Forwewings powdery; poorly defined antemedian and postmedian lines, median band more prominent. Terminal area suffused with dark scales. Hindwings orange-buff with a grey median line, grey scaling in the basal area and a wide black terminal band followed by white fringe. Antennae simple; sexes alike. Most similar to O. regina, which is smaller, has paler and less banded forewings and brighter yellow hingwings lacking the grey scaling in the basal half.

Scientific Name Oncocnemis sandaraca Habitat It occurs in dry open woodland in the mountains. Identification
A medium size (approx. 3.2 cm wingspan) moth. Forwewings powdery; poorly defined antemedian and postmedian lines, median band more prominent. Terminal area suffused with dark scales. Hindwings orange-buff with a grey…
A medium size (approx. 3.2 cm wingspan) moth. Forwewings powdery; poorly defined antemedian and postmedian lines, median band more prominent. Terminal area suffused with dark scales. Hindwings orange-buff with a grey median line, grey scaling in the basal area and a wide black terminal band followed by white fringe. Antennae simple; sexes alike. Most similar to O. regina, which is smaller, has paler and less banded forewings and brighter yellow hingwings lacking the grey scaling in the basal half.
Life History
Almost nothing is known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light. Like other Oncocnemis, it is single brooded, with adults in late summer and fall. The Alberta specimens were collected from late August through late…
Almost nothing is known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light. Like other Oncocnemis, it is single brooded, with adults in late summer and fall. The Alberta specimens were collected from late August through late September. Nothing is known of the early stages or larval hostplants.
Range A western moth, found from the mountains of southwestern Alberta south to at least CO and CA. Notes
Specimens from Hillcrest in the Bowman collection identified as O. regina have been corrected to O. sandaraca. Bowman (1951) listed O. regina from both the Banff and Hillcrest areas (Zone 18 and 19). We have not seen…
Specimens from Hillcrest in the Bowman collection identified as O. regina have been corrected to O. sandaraca. Bowman (1951) listed O. regina from both the Banff and Hillcrest areas (Zone 18 and 19). We have not seen any specimens from Banff, but assume this record is also based on misidentified sandaraca. O. regina is a prairie badlands moth.

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"Oncocnemis sandaraca, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6188. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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