Glaphyria fulminalis

Black-patched Glaphyria
Glaphyria fulminalis

POLH: 80-1027
MONA: 4873

Identification:
Head: Shiny, whitish. Nose cone (palpi) small, 3rd joint upturned, slightly brownish. Large eyes.
Antenna: Long, reaching to mid wing, pale brownish-yellow. Scape white. Base half of segments slightly thickened on male, tips somewhat striped or annulated.
Thorax: Central area whitish, sides pale yellow.
Wings: Forewing base and outer edge (costa) pale yellow. Large dark patch covers central area, with 2 white lines across the wing. The first line (antemedial) is wavy. The second line (postmedial) is more rounded, following the border of the dark patch, then extends inward through the patch, ending before the inner edge, just above anal angle.
Hind wing pale, with a brown shading outlined by a white line.
Legs: Shiny. Front legs white with yellow tips. Mid and hind legs white.
Abdomen: Pale yellow.

Similar Species: Capps Glaphyria cappsi has deeper yellowish colour overall. Second white line (PM postmedial) on forewing extends upward at inner margin to near the first line (AM antemedial).

Size: 7 to 8 mm long.

Habitat: Carolinian forests.

Food: Unknown. Tropical Glaphyria feed on plants in the Spurge (Euphorbia) and Aster families.

Flight Time: July in s. w. Ontario.

Life Cycle: Unknown

Comments: The Annotated Checklist of the Moths and Butterflies (Lepidoptera) of Canada and Alaska, 2018 by Pohl et al. does not list Glaphyria fulminalis as present in Canada or Ontario.
Essex County – Wheatley photos 2011 to 2014.
Point Pelee per Bold July, 2012.
Kent County – Rondeau Provincial Park per Beadle July, 2007.

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