Ottawa (Dunrobin), ON Canada
1 July 2005 (date of moth capture) (left,
center and right)
All three photos are of the same specimen.
Epinotia madderana is one of about 25 species of Epinotia that have been recorded
from the Ottawa area. My identification of Epinotia madderana is based
on Internet resources and on the description of
this species in Forbes, William T.M., The Lepidoptera of New York and
Neighboring States, Primitive Forms, Microlepidoptera, Pyraloids, Bombyces
(Ithaca, New York: Cornell University, 1923).
Epinotia madderana is described by Forbes (1923) as
having a ground color of pale mottled gray, shaded with old rose, and nearly
covered with three large rounded patches. My eye sees a rusty yellowish
brown basal area, followed by an area of pinkish gray that is marked by a large
angled oval patch of rust brown extending from the costa nearly to the inner
margin in the medial area, and by a prominent rounded patch of bright rusty
brown resting on the apex and outer margin. The adjacent colored areas are
separated by faint pale lines. The fringe is also pale. Forbes (1923) indicates a wingspan of
According to Forbes (1923), the adult Epinotia madderana flies in
June and July. He gives no information as to host plants.
My only record to date for Epinotia madderana (each date
representing "the night of") is in the table below: