Ottawa (Dunrobin), ON Canada
(moth captured on the night of 12 August 2004)
All three photos are of the same specimen.
Cucullia convexipennis is one of six species of Cucullia
that have been recorded from the Ottawa area (J.D. Lafontaine, pers.comm.,
Cucullia convexipennis has the long narrow wings
typical of its genus. The forewing is a pale yellowish straw color,
streaked with reddish brown, tan and gray, especially along the outer half
of the costa and along the outer half of the inner margin. The
antemedial and postmedial lines are not evident, except for a short remnant
of the pm line crossing the brown shaded area at the inner margin. One thin
streak extends most of the length of the center of the wing. The
orbicular and reniform spots are not marked. A black anal dash extends
from the remnant of the pm line to the outer margin. The abdomen is
reddish brown, with protruding scale tufts that can be seen in the bottom
right photo. The hindwing is dirty white. According to Covell
(1984), the wingspan is 4 to 5 cm.
The larvae of Cucullia convexipennis feed on the
flowers of some species of aster and goldenrod (Handfield, 1999).
Handfield notes a flight season from early July to late August for my
My records to date for observing Cucullia
convexipennis (each date representing "the night of") are in the