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DISCLAIMERI am a photographer, not an entomologist. I do my best to have professionals assist in identifying the subjects of my photographs. However, positive identifications can not always be done unless the specimen is dead and viewed under a microscope. If you do find an error, or have doubts about the identification provided, please let me know in the comments or by email.
Category Archives: Arctiidae
This was a surprising find, glimmering under a shaded rock ledge, in the rubble beneath a badlands cliff in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta.
Hardly inconspicuous, this is the Many-spotted Tiger Moth (Hypercompe permaculata), a moth of the short grass prairie. Here is a short on-location video of the photographic process:
Host plants include: Stellaria media L.– common chickweed; Polygonum, knotweed; Taraxicum, dandelion and Plantago, plantain¹.
Thanks to Ian Maton and Gary Anweiler for the ID.
- See the Alberta records at the Entomology Collection E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta.