Lasionycta lagganata (Barnes & Benjamin, 1924)

93-2996

Identification

Adults

Lasionycta lagganata is a rarely collected small (FW length 12 - 14 mm) day-flying moth with nearly unmarked slate gray forewings and white and black hindwings that occurs in the Rocky Mountains of Canada. The forewings have rounded apices and appear stubby. They are nearly uniform slate gray with barely perceptible dark lines and reniform spot. The antemedial line is broad and nearly straight across the wing. The postmedial line is weakly scalloped. The hindwings are nearly white with a large gray discal spot, a sharply-defined dark gray band on the outer margin, dark veins in some specimens, and a white fringe. The head and thorax are covered with hair-like slate gray scales. The male antenna is weakly biserrate.

This species is most similar to Lasionycta quadrilunata which also flies in the Rocky Mountains and Lasionycta carolynae which is found in the mountains of southern Yukon Territory. Lasionycta carolynae has a thin hindwing discal spot, unlike the thick spot of L. lagganata. The markings of L. quadrilunata are similar to those of L. lagganata, but the antemedial line of L. quadrilunata is sinuous rather than straight. The wing shape is also different, pointed in L. quadrilunata and rounded in L. lagganata. Differences in the male and female genitalia are described in Crabo and Lafontaine (2009).

Larvae

The early stages are unknown.

Habitat

The habitat is alpine fine shale scree slopes with sparse vegetation above timberline.  It is a rarely collected species.

Distribution

Pacific Northwest

This species has only been collected at one site in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern British Columbia.

Global

Lasionycta lagganata is found in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta outside of the Pacific Northwest.

Life History

Larvae

No information is presently available regarding larval foodplants of this species, but it probably feeds on alpine herbaceous vegetation.

Adults

This species is diurnal and visits flowers during the day. A single specimen was collected by Jim Troubridge and Lars Crabo in a light trap placed on its shale scree habitat.

Economic Importance

None.

Literature

Crabo & Lafontaine (2009)

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