Species Details

Mycterophora inexplicata

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Common NamePale-edged Snout-moth SeasonalityAdults are on the wing late June to August. IdentificationA small (2.2 -2.4 cm wingspan) broad-winged sooty brown moth, resembling a small geometrid. The costal area is broadly paler than the rest of the wing, light tan to dark cream. The remainder of the forewing is dark brown, with the normal lines and fringe marked as pale and fine zigzag lines. The hindwings are similar, crossed by three fine, pale, zigzag lines. Both sets of wings have a narrow, dark scalloped terminal line and light and dark brown checkered fringes. Male antennae are broadly pectinate. Overall, both sexes are similar.

Scientific Name Mycterophora inexplicata Common Name Pale-edged Snout-moth Habitat Humid (?) woodland with dead trees and fungi. Seasonality Adults are on the wing late June to August. Identification
A small (2.2 -2.4 cm wingspan) broad-winged sooty brown moth, resembling a small geometrid. The costal area is broadly paler than the rest of the wing, light tan to dark cream. The remainder of the forewing is dark…
A small (2.2 -2.4 cm wingspan) broad-winged sooty brown moth, resembling a small geometrid. The costal area is broadly paler than the rest of the wing, light tan to dark cream. The remainder of the forewing is dark brown, with the normal lines and fringe marked as pale and fine zigzag lines. The hindwings are similar, crossed by three fine, pale, zigzag lines. Both sets of wings have a narrow, dark scalloped terminal line and light and dark brown checkered fringes. Male antennae are broadly pectinate. Overall, both sexes are similar.
Life History No information available. Conservation Although rarely collected, this moth is widespread and there are no obvious concerns. Diet Info Apparently unknown. There is some evidence to suggest fungi growing on dead wood, may serve as the larval host. Range From New Hampshire and Quebec, west across southern Canada to central and northwestern Alberta. In Alberta, found from the northern Parklands across the Boreal Forest region northwest to Zama City.

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"Species Details - Mycterophora inexplicata, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-902. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Rivulinae Genus Mycterophora Species Mycterophora inexplicata
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