Ottawa (Dunrobin), ON Canada
May 2003 12:36AM EST (top left)
27 May 2003 8:24PM EST (top center)
27 May 2003 9:09PM EST (top right)
29 May 2003 9:30PM EST (bottom left)
27 May 2003 8:18PM EST (bottom right)
The photos at top center and bottom right are of the same specimen.
thanks to Dr. Jean-François Landry of Agriculture Canada for identifying
this species, on the basis of the actual specimen illustrated at top left
Phaneta umbrastriana is one of some 20 species of Phaneta
known to occur in the Ottawa area. The forewing is a pale yellowish
tan, somewhat variably streaked with light to medium reddish brown, and with
a shade of reddish brown towards the anal angle. Whitish stripes mark
a half-oval area along the outer edge of the costa. There are several
parallel lines close to the outer margin which usually appear more grayish
in color. I have not measured the wing length of this species, but
estimate it at less than 10 mm.
I have no information on the larval
host plant or life cycle of Phaneta umbrastriana.
photographed this species in 2002, on 8 June; in 2003, on 20, 25, 27, 29 and
30 May, and on 6 June.