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Overview

Comprehensive Description

General Description

A smaller moth having a wingspan of around 20 mm. The forewings above are quite pretty, being sulphur yellow with a light purplish Y overlaid with lead colored scales. The hind wings are off white in color, slightly tinged with yellow on the outer margin. The projecting labial palps are characteristic of the Pyralidae sens lat. Described by Charles Henry Fernald (1838-1921), Professor of Zoology at Massachusetts Agricultural College, in 1888 as Botis plumbosignalis on the basis of Colorado material.
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Distribution

A western North American species known from Alberta and British Columbia in the north to Arizona in the south. Clifford Ferris (pers. com.) has specimens in his collection from Idaho, New Mexico, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. In Alberta, it was first reported (from the Red Deer and Edmonton areas) by Bowman (1951), next by Pohl et al. (2006) from the Lac La Biche area. Also known in the province from the Foothills Forest, lower areas in the mountains and the southern part of the Boreal Forest.
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National Distribution

Canada

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

Type of Residency: Year-round

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

Type of Residency: Year-round

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Ecology

Habitat

A species of grassland coulees, the Aspen Parkland, and  wooded areas in the Boreal Forest and the mountains.
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Trophic Strategy

Unknown
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Life History and Behavior

Cyclicity

Late June to the end of August
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Life Cycle

Early stages unknown. Adults come to light.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Choristostigma plumbosignalis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 30
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

Uncommon, but of no concern.
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National NatureServe Conservation Status

Canada

Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked

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