Pseudohemihyalea edwardsii (Packard, 1864)

93-0381

Edwards' Glassy-wing Moth

Identification

Adults

Pseudohemihyalea edwardsii is a large (FW length 27 - 31 mm) translucent yellow and rose colored tiger moth found in association with oaks. The forewing is translucent ochre yellow with a dusting of dark brown scales, solidly colored along the costa and posterior margin. The fairly broad transverse lines are gray, most evident at the costa and posterior margin and weak and diffuse elsewhere. The hindwing is translucent gray yellow with a rose flush medially and at the anal angle. The head and most of the dorsal thorax are ochre yellow, with a black dot at the base of each wing. The dorsal abdomen and posterior thorax are rose colored. The bipectinnate antennae are tan.

This is a distinctive species that is unlikely to be confused with any other species in our region.

Larvae

Larva is densely covered with long hairs, with black color dorsally and reddish brown laterally combined with sparse long white hairs.  It is illustrated by Miller & Hammond (2003).

Habitat

This species is common to abundant in oak woodlands or mixed hardwood forests at low elevations west of the Cascades.

Distribution

Pacific Northwest

P. edwardsii is found throughout western Oregon wherever oak is found. It is restricted to the Columbia Gorge in the adjacent part of southern Washington.

Global

Outside of the Pacific Northwest this species is found throughout California and in the southwest as far east as western New Mexico.

Life History

Larvae

This species is a foodplant specialist feeding on oaks (Quercus spp.), particularly on Oregon white oak (Q. garryana) in western Oregon.

Adults

P. edwardsii is single brooded and occurs in fall from late August to early October. It is nocturnal and comes to light.

Literature

BugGuide

Ferguson et al. (2000)

Miller & Hammond (2003)

Moth Photographers Group

Powell & Opler (2009)