Species Details

Pyrausta scurralis

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IdentificationA smaller moth with a wingspan around 23 mm. The ground color of the upperside of both fore and hind wings is pale yellowish white, being somewhat more yellowish in the upper part of the forewings. A pink Y is present in the outer half of the forewings, somewhat similar to the darker, purplish Y overlaid with lead colored scales that is present in Choristostigma plumbosignalis. The ground color of the fore wings in the latter is sulphur yellow, not pale yellowish white. Pyrausta scurralis was described by Hulst (1886) from Arizona and New Mexico material. The upper side of the hind wings have a wide light brown band near the margin.

Scientific Name Pyrausta scurralis Habitat Undisturbed, shrubby Aspen Parkland areas in association with aspen, silverwillow and buckbrush Identification
A smaller moth with a wingspan around 23 mm. The ground color of the upperside of both fore and hind wings is pale yellowish white, being somewhat more yellowish in the upper part of the forewings. A pink Y is present…
A smaller moth with a wingspan around 23 mm. The ground color of the upperside of both fore and hind wings is pale yellowish white, being somewhat more yellowish in the upper part of the forewings. A pink Y is present in the outer half of the forewings, somewhat similar to the darker, purplish Y overlaid with lead colored scales that is present in Choristostigma plumbosignalis. The ground color of the fore wings in the latter is sulphur yellow, not pale yellowish white. Pyrausta scurralis was described by Hulst (1886) from Arizona and New Mexico material. The upper side of the hind wings have a wide light brown band near the margin.
Life History Early stages unknown. Adults come to light. Conservation Rare. Known from only one location in Alberta. Diet Info Unknown. The larvae may feed on a member of the Mint Family (Labiatae). Range
Munroe (1976) reported the subspecies awemealis from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The Type Locality is Aweme, Manitoba. Not reported for Alberta by Bowman (1951). Known on the basis of six specimens collected…
Munroe (1976) reported the subspecies awemealis from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The Type Locality is Aweme, Manitoba. Not reported for Alberta by Bowman (1951). Known on the basis of six specimens collected on three separate nights in Aspen Parkland in the Buffalo Lake Conservation Area, north of Stettler.

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"Pyrausta scurralis, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6267. Accessed 08 Dec. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Pyraloidea Family Crambidae Subfamily Pyraustinae Genus Pyrausta Species Pyrausta scurralis
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