Species Details

Apamea spaldingi

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Common NameSpalding's Quaker SeasonalityAdults in late May and June. IdentificationA medium-size moth (approx. 3.5 cm wingspan), light and dark grey and black, lacking any of the brown color of most Alberta Apamea. Forewings mottled grey with a prominent black basal dash and thick longitudinal median bar. Hindwings dirty white with a faint dark discal mark and with the outer third clouded with dark grey. There are few other larger black or dark grey moths that fly in the spring in Alberta.

Scientific Name Apamea spaldingi Common Name Spalding's Quaker Habitat In Alberta it has been collected mainly along the valleys of the grasslands region, usually in or adjacent to the more mesic wooded or shrubby riparian areas. Seasonality Adults in late May and June. Identification
A medium-size moth (approx. 3.5 cm wingspan), light and dark grey and black, lacking any of the brown color of most Alberta Apamea. Forewings mottled grey with a prominent black basal dash and thick longitudinal…
A medium-size moth (approx. 3.5 cm wingspan), light and dark grey and black, lacking any of the brown color of most Alberta Apamea. Forewings mottled grey with a prominent black basal dash and thick longitudinal median bar. Hindwings dirty white with a faint dark discal mark and with the outer third clouded with dark grey. There are few other larger black or dark grey moths that fly in the spring in Alberta.
Life History Poorly known. There appears to be a single brood in Alberta, with adults in late May and June. The adults come to light. Range Apamea spaldingi is a western species, occurring from central Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) west to BC, south to at least Colorado and California. Notes
Spalding's Quaker is one of the least commonly collected Alberta Quaker's. Here at least it is a moth of the dry prairie grasslands region, absent from the cooler parklands and foothills. The earlier collectors…
Spalding's Quaker is one of the least commonly collected Alberta Quaker's. Here at least it is a moth of the dry prairie grasslands region, absent from the cooler parklands and foothills. The earlier collectors apparently missed Spalding's Quaker; the first specimens were collected in and near Olds in 1998 by Ernest Mengersen and his students. Since then we have picked up the occasional specimen along the lower Red Deer River and Milk River valley.

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"Apamea spaldingi, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6329. Accessed 08 Dec. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Amphipyrinae Genus Apamea Species Apamea spaldingi
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