Ottawa (Dunrobin), ON Canada
(left and right) (specimen collected 11 July 2003)
Both photos are of the same specimen.
Ypsolopha canariella is
one of three species of Ypsolopha known to occur in the Ottawa
area. I was able to place this specimen as an Ypsolopha on the
basis of previous familiarity with another species, and based my
identification of this species on Internet sources, pending confirmation by
scientists at the Canadian National Collection in Ottawa.
of Ypsolopha canariella is a clear bright orange-yellow, marked with
a somewhat triangular brown blotch in the approximate center of the
wing. The apex of this triangular blotch points toward the inner
margin, and has a dark brown to black dot. The upturned tips of the
forewings seem to be a distinctive characteristic of Ypsolopha
According to Dr. Jeremy B. Tatum, whose "Butterflies and Moths of
Southern Vancouver Island" appears on the Internet at http://facweb.furman.edu/~snyderjohn/tatum/index.htm
, the larvae of Ypsolopha canariella feed on snowberry (Symphocarpos
photographed this species only once, in 2003 on 11(12) July.