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A medium-size ( 4.2-5.0 cm wingspan) moth with light and dark grey mottled forewings and bright yellow-orange hindwings. The forewings have a short black basal streak, a prominent black antemedial line and a thin black postmedian line, which bends outward in two long teeth near the apex. These two cross lines are bordered by patches of light brown, and are joined (or nearly so) by a black streak in the fold. The area on the upper half of the forewings between the reniform and the antemedial line is much paler grey, almost white. The hindwings are a bright deep yellow-orange. The rather narrow black median band turns inward and connects with a black streak from the wingbase, forming a long loop. The terminal black band is thicker, but is usually broken on the lower edge of the wing, creating a separate spot at the anal angle. The hindwing fringe is orange. The antennae are simple, and the sexes are alike. The only other yellow-orange underwing known from Alberta is the smaller and much less common Praeclara underwing. The forewings of praeclara are darker grey, without the brown scales and contrasts of blandula.

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