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  • Lynn Scott's Calyptra canadensis image
    2000 11 38PM right Despite being out of focus the image on the right illustrates the two scale tufts on the inner margin of the forewing only one of which is evident in the image on the left Both photographs

    Original URL path: http://acleris.com/dls/08536.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Lynn Scott's Scoliopteryx libatrix image
    double white postmedial line angles sharply outward just below the costa then turns down to cross the wing in a near straight line The area along the costa is somewhat whitish and outside the pm line there is a group of closely spaced white lines curving towards the costa near the apex A whitish somewhat irregular subterminal line is also visible clearest near the apex There is a single larger white dot near the base of the wing and another in the median approximately where the orbicular spot would be The reniform spot appears only as a pale brownish area with a dark dot at either end The thorax is partly orange partly brown The forewings and hindwings are scalloped along the outer margin Looking at the underside of the moth the wings in a closed position appear light tan with dark markings especially noticeable on the underside of the hindwing Seen from the upper side in a closed resting position Scoliopteryx libatrix takes on a flared bell silhouette Covell 1984 indicates a wingspan from 3 8 to 4 5 cm According to Handfield 1999 the larvae of Scoliopteryx libatrix feed on willow and poplar He comments that the adult

    Original URL path: http://acleris.com/dls/08555.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Lynn Scott's Panopoda rufimargo image
    Noctuidae Catocalinae 08587 Panopoda rufimargo Ottawa Dunrobin ON Canada 13 June 2001 3 34AM top left 24 June 2000 11 54PM top right 25 July 2000 12 54AM bottom Contact Site created by Acleris Page last modified 28 October 2001

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  • Lynn Scott's Zale galbanata image
    reported variations within the species Zale galbanata and Z minerea the latter of which also seemed possible to me but on balance decided that it more closely resembled the available photographs of Z galbanata If you think my identification is

    Original URL path: http://acleris.com/dls/08692.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Lynn Scott's Zale undularis image
    of Zale undularis is not obvious unless one looks at it from certain angles The only noticeable colored mark is a small brown spot on the postmedial line about a third of the way down from the costa The most visible line on both wings is the terminal line evident as a series of whitish dots preceding the black fringe The overall black color may have a slightly brownish cast but no dusting of paler scales is evident In silhouette the ruff of the thorax is visible as in the bottom photo Zale undularis like other Zale species usually rests with its wings mostly open Covell 1984 indicates a wingspan from 3 8 to 4 6 cm According to Handfield 1999 the larvae of Zale undularis feed on black locust and honey locust neither of which is native to my area although a neighbour has planted some black locust Handfield also notes a reference to dogwood as the host plant and Cornus species are almost ubiquitous in my neighborhood In my general area according to Handfield the adult flight season for Zale undularis runs from late May nearly to the end of June My records to date for Zale undularis

    Original URL path: http://acleris.com/dls/08695.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Lynn Scott's Zale minerea image
    My thanks to Dr J Donald Lafontaine and Mr James T Troubridge of Agriculture Canada for their kind assistance with a number of identifications of specimens including six of those illustrated above Zale minerea is a extremely variable species to the point where one begins to wonder whether all the variations actually are of the same species Looking through the drawers of specimens in the Canadian National Collection and viewing photos identified as Zale minerea on the Internet it is strikingly evident that to paraphrase the old Sesame Street song one of these moths is not like the other The question then is whether one of these moths is not the same and to that end a number of specimens have been contributed to on going DNA studies in the hope that we will eventually know whether what we now call Zale minerea is a single species with wide variation whether these moths represent more than one species or whether we have a good many misidentified specimens in many collections In light of the variability of this species I will not attempt to describe the appearance of Zale minerea but rather rely on Covell 1984 who noted the frequent presence of yellow in the median area and also the white tinting evident in a number of the specimens above He also pointed to the dark patches near the apex and middle of the outer margin Covell also notes a wingspan of 3 7 to 5 0 cm for this species More photos of a number of variations may also be found in The Owlet Moths of Ohio Rings et al 1992 and in Le Guide des Papillons du Québec Handfield 1999 According to Handfield 1999 the larvae of Zale minerea feed on willow and birch primarily but also may feed

    Original URL path: http://acleris.com/dls/08697.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Lynn Scott's Zale phaeocapna image
    marked making it easier to recognize most of the characteristic spots and lines The ground color of the forewing is light yellowish brown The basal area is a warm medium brown in color followed by a double antemedial line of near black filled with brown A brown band crosses the wing in the center of the pale brown median The dark brown reniform spot sometimes somewhat grayish in tone outlined in black may be somewhat harder to distinguish against the dark median band The inner edge of the postmedial line is black heavier near the costa and much finer as it approaches the inner margin It is followed by a dark brown patch at the costal edge The terminal area is pale yellowish brown somewhat mottled with brown dashes The hindwing tends to be a more grayish light brown crossed by multiple lines On the hindwing the clearest line marking is the double postmedial line which is edged with black heaviest along the lower two thirds of its outer edge The fringe on both wings is gray brown According to Handfield 1999 the larvae of Zale phaeocapna feed on hazel species of which the beaked hazel Corylus cornuta is present

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  • Lynn Scott's Zale duplicata image
    is well defined with a small sharp outward point shortly below the costa and an inward bend above a short straight section ending at the inner margin Beyond the am line there is usually a band of much paler gray brown with dark speckles that contrasts sharply with the rest of the forewing Between an undulating dark median line and the well defined black postmedial line the median is quite dark gray brown often with reddish brown shading adjacent to the median line In this darker area the black curve of the reniform spot is usually discernible followed by a patch of lighter brown that is often quite noticeable against the darker grayer background The subterminal area is mottled gray and brown The hindwing is also gray brown somewhat paler than the forewing with a sharp dark brown to black postmedial line sometimes followed at least partially with a pale gray to whitish shade In the form franclemonti Zale duplicata is much darker overall and more brown than gray so that most of the usual marks and lines are less obvious To me Zale duplicata has some similarity in appearance to Zale helata Hodges 8704 and care should be taken

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