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Species Apantesis quenseli - Labrador Tiger Moth - Hodges#8172

8172 Grammia quenseli – (Paykull, 1793)  - Apantesis quenseli
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Arctiina
Genus Apantesis
Species quenseli (Labrador Tiger Moth - Hodges#8172)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Grammia quenseli (Paykull, 1793)
Bombyx quenseli Paykull, 1793
Apantesis quenseli (Hampson, 1901)
Due to the global occurence of this species there is a long list of synonyms (species and subspecies).
Phylogenetic sequence # 930250
There are 36 named species of Grammia in America north of Mexico. (1)
Powell & Opler (2009), listed the number of Grammia species for North America as about 30 with some to be described. (2)
Forewing length 14-15 mm. (3)
Detailed description at Pacific Northwest Moths (3)
Males have bipectinate antennae and smokey gray hindwing.
Females have simple antennae and pale orange or pale white hindwings.
The later description by Hampson as Apantesis quenseli is available at the link in the print references below.
Alaska, British Columbia to Labrador. In eastern Canada south to New Hampshire.
Also occurs in Eurasia. (3)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Alpine (6,600–8,900 ft. (3)
Most records are from June through August. (4)
Larval host plants include:
Mountain Lady's Mantle, Alchemilla alpina L.
Adults are diurnal (3)
See Also
Many Grammia species are similar.
Compare on the pinned plates at Moth Photographers Group
Print References
Schmidt, B.C. (2009), Taxonomic revision of the genus Grammia Rambur (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Arctiinae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.(5)
Hampson, G.F. 1913. Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum, p. (402)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Pacific Northwest Moths
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.Taxonomic revision of the genus Grammia Rambur (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Arctiinae). (2009)
B. Christian Schmidt. 2009. The Linnean Society of London 156(3): 507–597.