Species Details

Abagrotis scopeops

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IdentificationA medium-size (approx.3.6 cm wingspan) moth with dark brown forewings liberally mixed with lighter brown and dull black scales. The normal lines are almost obsolete, faintly indicated by lighter scales with the AM line partially bordered by scattered black scales. The orbicular and reniform spots are filled with a mix of dark brown and black scales, and narrowly outlined with pale scales. The most prominent marking is the contrasting prominent pale blue-grey or grey terminal band, followed by a thin scalloped dark line and dark brown and black fringe. The hindwings are solid dark sooty brown with a light tan fringe. Similar to A. variata, which is slightly larger and lacks the pale outline around the spots. Some specimens of Abagrotis placida are superficially very similar, but most specimens can be recognized by their paler brown hindwings, which show a contrasting dark discal mark. Questionable specimens can be identified by examining the genitalia. Adults and the genitalia of both sexes are illustrated in Lafontaine (1998). In addition to other characters scopeops has a large ovate bursa with a single signa; placida has a more elongate bursa with a second signa. The adult and genitalia illustrated here are of the Alberta specimen.

Scientific Name Abagrotis scopeops Identification
A medium-size (approx.3.6 cm wingspan) moth with dark brown forewings liberally mixed with lighter brown and dull black scales. The normal lines are almost obsolete, faintly indicated by lighter scales with the AM…
A medium-size (approx.3.6 cm wingspan) moth with dark brown forewings liberally mixed with lighter brown and dull black scales. The normal lines are almost obsolete, faintly indicated by lighter scales with the AM line partially bordered by scattered black scales. The orbicular and reniform spots are filled with a mix of dark brown and black scales, and narrowly outlined with pale scales. The most prominent marking is the contrasting prominent pale blue-grey or grey terminal band, followed by a thin scalloped dark line and dark brown and black fringe. The hindwings are solid dark sooty brown with a light tan fringe. Similar to A. variata, which is slightly larger and lacks the pale outline around the spots. Some specimens of Abagrotis placida are superficially very similar, but most specimens can be recognized by their paler brown hindwings, which show a contrasting dark discal mark. Questionable specimens can be identified by examining the genitalia. Adults and the genitalia of both sexes are illustrated in Lafontaine (1998). In addition to other characters scopeops has a large ovate bursa with a single signa; placida has a more elongate bursa with a second signa. The adult and genitalia illustrated here are of the Alberta specimen.
Life History
Poorly known. The adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is likely a single brood, with adults in the early fall; the Alberta specimen, collected September 4, 2005, was fresh. The early stages and larval hosts…
Poorly known. The adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is likely a single brood, with adults in the early fall; the Alberta specimen, collected September 4, 2005, was fresh. The early stages and larval hosts are unknown.
Range
Abagrotis scopeopsis a western species, ranging from southern BC south through western MT, ID, UT and NV to southern CA. The only record from east of the mountains appears to be a single female collected at Dinosaur…
Abagrotis scopeopsis a western species, ranging from southern BC south through western MT, ID, UT and NV to southern CA. The only record from east of the mountains appears to be a single female collected at Dinosaur Provincial Park. The Alberta specimen was collected in arid eroded badlands of the Research Reserve in the park.
Abagrotis scopeops
Abagrotis scopeops

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"Species Details - Abagrotis scopeops, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6319. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Authorship

Name Anweiler, G. G.
Role species page author
Date 2007

Specimen Information

There are 43 specimens of this Species.

43 results plotted on map in 12 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM59680 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dinosaur Provincial Park Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Troubridge, J. Date Collected2005-09-04

UASM105450 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Lane county, Frissell Point Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-26

UASM105451 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Lane county, Frissell Point Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-26

UASM105452 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Lane county, Frissell Point Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1995-09-02

UASM105453 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Lane county, Frissell Point Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1995-09-02

UASM105454 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Josephine county, Williams Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-09-07

UASM105455 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Josephine county, Williams Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-09-07

UASM105456 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Josephine county, Williams Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-09-07

UASM105457 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Josephine county, Williams Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-08-24

UASM105458 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Grant county, John Day River Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-09-05

UASM105459 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Oregon, Grant county, John Day River Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1997-09-05

UASM105460 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Columbia county, Table Rock Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1998-08-14

UASM105461 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-14

UASM105462 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-14

UASM105463 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-14

UASM105464 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105465 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105466 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105467 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105468 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: Washington, Yakima county, Bethel Ridge Collected ByTroubridge, J. Date Collected1996-07-25

UASM105469 - Abagrotis scopeops

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedUnited States: California, San Diego county, Laguna Mountains Collected ByMustelin, T. Date Collected1995-07-28

Adult Seasonal Distribution