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A small (2.0-2.4 cm. wingspan) moth with a dark black-brown forewing except for outer third, which is mottled pale tan and pale grey; crossed diagonally by a wide pale pink band which meets the pale terminal area just below the reniform spot. Hindwings light grey or grey brown. Sexes alike. Unmistakable.
Woodland edges, mesic meadows throughout the parklands and grasslands regions.
Adults are nocturnal and come to lights. The larvae are described in Forbes, 1954. There is likely at least a partial second brood. conservation A common widespread species; no concerns. diet info No Alberta data; elsewhere reported larval hosts include docks (Rumex sp., including R. patientia), and smartweed (Polygonum sp.) (Rings et al, 1992); and goldenrod (Solidago sp.) (Covell, 1984). range Nova Scotia and New Brunswick west to Alberta and Colorado, south to the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout southeastern Alberta, north to the edge of the boreal forest and west to the edge of the foothills.