Species Details

Furcula modesta

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Common NameModest Kitten SeasonalityAdults are on the wing late May to July. IdentificationA medium-sized (3.5-4.0 cm. wingspan) grey-black and white moth, with a cream or light tan cast to the white areas of the forewings. A broad black band crosses the median area of the forewings. It usually narrows in the middle, and in many specimens is divided into two wedge-shaped patches. Modesta can be separated from other Furcula sp. by the absence of yellow or gold scaling on the forewing where the lines cross the veins. Male modesta can also be separated from the other species of Furcula by the diamond shape of the laterally flattened uncus.

Scientific Name Furcula modesta Common Name Modest Kitten Habitat Deciduous woodland and shrub. Seasonality Adults are on the wing late May to July. Identification
A medium-sized (3.5-4.0 cm. wingspan) grey-black and white moth, with a cream or light tan cast to the white areas of the forewings. A broad black band crosses the median area of the forewings. It usually narrows in…
A medium-sized (3.5-4.0 cm. wingspan) grey-black and white moth, with a cream or light tan cast to the white areas of the forewings. A broad black band crosses the median area of the forewings. It usually narrows in the middle, and in many specimens is divided into two wedge-shaped patches. Modesta can be separated from other Furcula sp. by the absence of yellow or gold scaling on the forewing where the lines cross the veins. Male modesta can also be separated from the other species of Furcula by the diamond shape of the laterally flattened uncus.
Life History Adults are nocturnal and come to light. The larvae are solitary defoliators. There is a single brood which overwinters in the pupal stage. Conservation No conservation concerns. Diet Info No Alberta data. Elsewhere reported larval hosts include aspen poplar (Populus tremuloides) and willows (Salix). Range
Fom the Maritimes west across southern Canada to southeastern BC. In Alberta, found throughout the aspen parklands, southern boreal forest, foothills and lower elevations in the mountains. It apparently does not…
Fom the Maritimes west across southern Canada to southeastern BC. In Alberta, found throughout the aspen parklands, southern boreal forest, foothills and lower elevations in the mountains. It apparently does not occur as far north in the Boreal region as F. scolopendrina and F. occidentalis.

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"Species Details - Furcula modesta, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-722. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Notodontidae Genus Furcula Species Furcula modesta
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