Species Details

Pangrapta decoralis

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Common NameDecorated Owlet IdentificationA fairly small (wingspan approx. 2.5 cm) light violet-brown and rusty yellow moth with somewhat pointed angular wings. The forewings have a poorly defined antemedian line and more prominent dark thin postmedian line, bordered basally by a relatively wide yellow brown band. Beyond the postmedian line the wing is light violet brown with rusty yellow mottling in the upper half. The narrow dark terminal line is followed by light brown fringe. There are darker patches on the costa just before the apex and over the reniform. The reniform is poorly defined and surrounded by a large patch of rusty yellow. The hindwings are similar in color to the forewings, with the forewing bands and lines continuing across them. The hindwing median area is slightly paler than the remainder of the wing, and contains a prominent angular black spot. The palps are prominent. The antennae are beadlike with short bristles.

Scientific Name Pangrapta decoralis Common Name Decorated Owlet Habitat It frequents wooded areas on sandy or other well-drained soils with blueberry. Identification
A fairly small (wingspan approx. 2.5 cm) light violet-brown and rusty yellow moth with somewhat pointed angular wings. The forewings have a poorly defined antemedian line and more prominent dark thin postmedian line,…
A fairly small (wingspan approx. 2.5 cm) light violet-brown and rusty yellow moth with somewhat pointed angular wings. The forewings have a poorly defined antemedian line and more prominent dark thin postmedian line, bordered basally by a relatively wide yellow brown band. Beyond the postmedian line the wing is light violet brown with rusty yellow mottling in the upper half. The narrow dark terminal line is followed by light brown fringe. There are darker patches on the costa just before the apex and over the reniform. The reniform is poorly defined and surrounded by a large patch of rusty yellow. The hindwings are similar in color to the forewings, with the forewing bands and lines continuing across them. The hindwing median area is slightly paler than the remainder of the wing, and contains a prominent angular black spot. The palps are prominent. The antennae are beadlike with short bristles.
Life History Poorly known. There is a single annual brood and the adults are nocturnal and come to light. The larvae feed on blueberry (Vaccinium sp.). The single Alberta specimen was collected in late June. Diet Info The larvae feed on blueberry (Vaccinium sp.) Range Widespread in eastern North America, west across the southern boreal forest to eastern Alberta. In Alberta it has been collected at Moose Lake, just southwest of Cold Lake. Notes
Pangrapta decoralis is the sole Alberta representative of the subfamily Eublemminae. It was recently (2005) added to the Alberta list when Bruce Christensen collected a single specimen at Moose Lake Provincial…
Pangrapta decoralis is the sole Alberta representative of the subfamily Eublemminae. It was recently (2005) added to the Alberta list when Bruce Christensen collected a single specimen at Moose Lake Provincial Park. For more images of live and pinned specimens see the following.

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"Pangrapta decoralis, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6362. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Catocalinae Genus Pangrapta Species Pangrapta decoralis
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