Species Details

Idia lubricalis

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Common NameGlossy Black Idia SeasonalityAdults are on the wing in Alberta in July and August. IdentificationA small (2.4-3.2 cm. wingspan) dull blackish brown with a glossy sheen. Both the forewings and the hindwings are crossed by a series of ill-defined jagged whitish lines. The hindwings are only slightly paler brown than the forewings, and are crossed by the same pale lines. The much larger, paler and broader-winged Idia occidentalis was until recently treated as a subspecies of lubricalis.

Scientific Name Idia lubricalis Common Name Glossy Black Idia Habitat Dry shrubby and wooded areas; badlands shrub. Seasonality Adults are on the wing in Alberta in July and August. Identification
A small (2.4-3.2 cm. wingspan) dull blackish brown with a glossy sheen. Both the forewings and the hindwings are crossed by a series of ill-defined jagged whitish lines. The hindwings are only slightly paler brown…
A small (2.4-3.2 cm. wingspan) dull blackish brown with a glossy sheen. Both the forewings and the hindwings are crossed by a series of ill-defined jagged whitish lines. The hindwings are only slightly paler brown than the forewings, and are crossed by the same pale lines. The much larger, paler and broader-winged Idia occidentalis was until recently treated as a subspecies of lubricalis.
Life History Adults come to both lights and sugar baits. Conservation Uncommon but widespread; no concerns. Diet Info Like other members of the genus, they feed on fungi and decaying plant material rather than on living vascular plant tissue. Range
Across southern Canada, west across central Saskatchewan and Alberta to southwestern BC, south.In Alberta, lubricalis has been collected in dry habitats south of the boreal forest, south to Scandia and Dinosaur…
Across southern Canada, west across central Saskatchewan and Alberta to southwestern BC, south.In Alberta, lubricalis has been collected in dry habitats south of the boreal forest, south to Scandia and Dinosaur Provincial Park.

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"Idia lubricalis, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-621. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Herminiinae Genus Idia Species Idia lubricalis
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