Ottawa (Dunrobin), ON Canada
7 June 2004 11:56PM EST (top)
11 June 2005 1:03AM EST (bottom)
Callizzia amorata, also known as the Gray Scoopwing, is
one of two species occurring in the Ottawa area that belong to the Epiplemidae
family of moths, which has now been reclassified as a subfamily of Uraniidae.
Callizzia amorata is light gray in color, with some
darker brownish gray shading. The forewing is crossed by two fine dark
lines, sometimes with slight brownish shading. These lines converge
slightly in the lower part of the wing, where they meet a fine dark line
describing an inverted U-shape at the center of the inner margin. The
outer margin of the forewing has a dark half-circle spot just above the
midpoint. Two fine dark lines crossing the hindwing define a darker median
band. The outer margin of the hindwing is scooped inward to leave a
noticeable outward point. Covell (1984) indicates a wingspan ranging from
1.5 to 2.2 cm for this species.
According to Handfield (1999), the larvae of Callizzia
amorata feed on various species of honeysuckle. For my general area, he indicates an adult flight season from
the beginning of June nearly to mid-August.
My records to date for Callizzia amorata (each date
representing "the night of") are in the table below: