Species Details

Semioscopis aurorella

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Common NameAurora Flatbody Moth SeasonalityThis species is likely univoltine, with a flight period occurring throughout March to late May (Hodges 1974). In Alberta, S. aurorella have been caught between April and early May. IdentificationSemioscopis aurorella forewing colouration is variable, ranging from yellow-gray to pale yellow-white (Hodges 1974). Some individuals may have darker forewings but the costal margin is generally gray-brown and flecks of gray scales (Hodges 1974). Forewing length is generally between 11 to 14 mm (Hodges 1974). The aedeagus of male S. aurorella is twice as long as the basal width with short, curved cornuti (Hodges 1974).

Scientific Name Semioscopis aurorella Common Name Aurora Flatbody Moth Habitat Can be found in deciduous and mixed forests. Adults have been collected in low latitude boreal habitat as well as in the prairies. Seasonality This species is likely univoltine, with a flight period occurring throughout March to late May (Hodges 1974). In Alberta, S. aurorella have been caught between April and early May. Identification
Semioscopis aurorella forewing colouration is variable, ranging from yellow-gray to pale yellow-white (Hodges 1974). Some individuals may have darker forewings but the costal margin is generally gray-brown and flecks…
Semioscopis aurorella forewing colouration is variable, ranging from yellow-gray to pale yellow-white (Hodges 1974). Some individuals may have darker forewings but the costal margin is generally gray-brown and flecks of gray scales (Hodges 1974). Forewing length is generally between 11 to 14 mm (Hodges 1974). The aedeagus of male S. aurorella is twice as long as the basal width with short, curved cornuti (Hodges 1974).
Life History Not reported but other members of the genus are leafrollers which overwinter as pupae in the ground (Hodges 1974). Conservation Currently unknown but likely not a concern due to widespread range. Diet Info Unknown but the closely related European species, S. avellanella, feed on birch (Betula) and hornbeam (Carpinus) (Hodges 1974). Range
Semioscopis aurorella ranges throughout Canada between north-central Alberta and south-eastern Ontario (Hodges 1974). In the United States, this moth has been found between south-central New York state and Wisconsin…
Semioscopis aurorella ranges throughout Canada between north-central Alberta and south-eastern Ontario (Hodges 1974). In the United States, this moth has been found between south-central New York state and Wisconsin (Hodges 1974).

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"Semioscopis aurorella, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6288. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Gelechioidea Family Elachistidae Subfamily Depressariinae Genus Semioscopis Species Semioscopis aurorella
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