Species Details

Elaphria alapallida

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Common NameAlapallida Midget IdentificationA rather small (2.2 – 2.7 cm wingspan) broad-winged moth. The forewing is marbled with yellow-brown, red-brown and dark grey-brown. Both the antemedian and postmedian lines are doubled, outlined in dark and filled with pale scales. Orbicular round, yellow-brown, reniform large and filled with light grey or brown with a prominent dark spot on the dorsal side. Terminal area and fringe dark brown, almost black. Hind wings light grey-brown, darkening toward the outer margin, with light brown fringe. Head and collar dark brown, contrasting with lighter thorax and tegulae. Sexes similar.

Scientific Name Elaphria alapallida Common Name Alapallida Midget Habitat In Alberta it has been collected widely in the boreal forest and parklands regions, south in the grasslands along wooded river valleys. Identification
A rather small (2.2 – 2.7 cm wingspan) broad-winged moth. The forewing is marbled with yellow-brown, red-brown and dark grey-brown. Both the antemedian and postmedian lines are doubled, outlined in dark and filled…
A rather small (2.2 – 2.7 cm wingspan) broad-winged moth. The forewing is marbled with yellow-brown, red-brown and dark grey-brown. Both the antemedian and postmedian lines are doubled, outlined in dark and filled with pale scales. Orbicular round, yellow-brown, reniform large and filled with light grey or brown with a prominent dark spot on the dorsal side. Terminal area and fringe dark brown, almost black. Hind wings light grey-brown, darkening toward the outer margin, with light brown fringe. Head and collar dark brown, contrasting with lighter thorax and tegulae. Sexes similar.
Life History
Poorly known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light, and there is a single annual brood in Alberta. Adults fly mainly in late May and June Box Elder (Acer negundo) has been reported as a host for E. festivoides, a…
Poorly known. Adults are nocturnal and come to light, and there is a single annual brood in Alberta. Adults fly mainly in late May and June Box Elder (Acer negundo) has been reported as a host for E. festivoides, a record that likely actually refers to alapallida.
Range
Newfoundland west to BC. Southern limits are difficult to determine as it has only recently been recognized as a separate species. We have no records from the foothills or mountains. Apparently absent from the…
Newfoundland west to BC. Southern limits are difficult to determine as it has only recently been recognized as a separate species. We have no records from the foothills or mountains. Apparently absent from the foothills and mountains.
Notes Until recently, when it was recognized that more than one species was involved, alapallida was included under the name E. festivoides, a species now known to occur only in the southeastern USA.

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"Elaphria alapallida, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6384. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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