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.
Most records are from June through August. (4)
Larval host plants include:
Mountain Lady's Mantle, Alchemilla alpina
Many Grammia species are similar.
Compare on the pinned plates at Moth Photographers Group
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)