Ottawa (Dunrobin), ON Canada
10:08PM EST (left)
4 August 2002 10:10PM EST (right)
are of the same specimen.
A sweep of pale yellowish brown, accented
with dashes and shades of darker reddish brown, flows along the inner margin
and past the anal angle of the gray forewing of Notodonta scitipennis,
making this species easy to distinguish from other Notodontids of my area. A
small tuft protrudes from the inner margin near the end of the antemedial
line (right). Reniform and orbicular spots are clearly defined by pale
outlines. The antemedial line is scalloped rather than zigzag; this
and the postmedial line show most clearly where they cross the lighter area
near the inner margin. Near the apex, there are several dark brown
dashes surrounded by lighter brown. At rest, this moth folds its wings
close to the body in the shape of a peaked roof, like many other Notodontids.
to Handfield (1999), the larvae of Notodonta scitipennis feed on willow and
I have only photographed Notodonta
scitipennis once to date, in 2002 on 4 August.