Species Details

Autographa sansoni

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Common NameAlberta Beauty SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta in June and July. IdentificationA medium-size (3.4-3.6 cm wingspan) moth with dark chocolate or rust-brown forewings and yellow-buff hindwings with a wide, dark terminal band. There is a prominent silvery stigma on the forewings, shaped like a shallow arc and slightly forked at the upper end. The wide terminal band on the hindwings is sharply divided from the yellow basal two-thirds. The antennae are simple and sexes are similar. Sansoni could be mistaken only for one of the Syngrapha species with yellow hindwings (i.e. orophila, borea, ignea etc.) but these are all either much smaller or have different shaped stigma on the forewings.

Scientific Name Autographa sansoni Common Name Alberta Beauty Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta in June and July. Identification
A medium-size (3.4-3.6 cm wingspan) moth with dark chocolate or rust-brown forewings and yellow-buff hindwings with a wide, dark terminal band. There is a prominent silvery stigma on the forewings, shaped like a…
A medium-size (3.4-3.6 cm wingspan) moth with dark chocolate or rust-brown forewings and yellow-buff hindwings with a wide, dark terminal band. There is a prominent silvery stigma on the forewings, shaped like a shallow arc and slightly forked at the upper end. The wide terminal band on the hindwings is sharply divided from the yellow basal two-thirds. The antennae are simple and sexes are similar. Sansoni could be mistaken only for one of the Syngrapha species with yellow hindwings (i.e. orophila, borea, ignea etc.) but these are all either much smaller or have different shaped stigma on the forewings.
Life History Adults are nocturnal and come to light. There is a single brood per year. Conservation An uncommon but widespread species; no concerns. Diet Info Unknown. Range A western mountain species, found from Alaska south to Oregon, Idaho and Arizona. In Alberta it can be found throughout the foothills and mountains.

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"Autographa sansoni, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-894. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Plusiinae Genus Autographa Species Autographa sansoni
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