#382 Leucobasis moth (Caloreas leucobasis)

30 March 2021

Choreutidae, or metalmark moths, are a family of insects in the lepidopteran order whose relationships have been long disputed. It was placed previously in the superfamily Yponomeutoidea in family Glyphipterigidae and in superfamily Sesioidea. It is now considered to represent its own superfamily.

The forewings have a distinctive cream base. Beyond the base, they are heavily marked with black spots and bluish scaling. The median area and terminal line have chocolate brown shading and some cream is visible in postmedial area. The fringe is brownish. The hindwings are warm brown, but slightly darker toward the outer margin. The fringe is paler brown. The head and thorax are cream and the abdomen is brown with light scales at the end of each segment.

In Canada, adults have been recorded from mid May to early July.

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