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1 January 2009 Occurrence and Habitat of the Endangered White Flower Moth, Schinia Bimatris (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), in Manitoba
A. Richard Westwood, Christopher P. Friesen
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The only known Canadian population of the white flower moth, Schinia bimatris Harvey, a federally listed endangered species, was rediscovered in 2003 in the dune area of Spruce Woods Provincial Park and Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba. Little is known about the biology or habitat requirements of this moth in North America. The dune area in Manitoba was surveyed for adult and immature stages of the species during July 2007 using light traps and daytime visual searches. A detailed vegetation survey was also completed in areas where moths were active. Whereas individuals caught in light traps were predominantly males, both females and males were observed to be very active during daylight hours. This is the first record of diur-nal activity of the white flower moth in Canada. Adults were observed flying above dune crests and also resting on vegetation between open dunes. Although the current population appears robust, given the number of adults observed, a previous population approximation of up to 5000 individ-uals may be an overestimate because sand-dune habitat is limited. We were unable to locate im-mature stages or determine which host plant(s) were utilized by larvae.

© 2009 Entomological Society of Canada
A. Richard Westwood and Christopher P. Friesen "Occurrence and Habitat of the Endangered White Flower Moth, Schinia Bimatris (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), in Manitoba," The Canadian Entomologist 141(1), 80-85, (1 January 2009).
Received: 30 May 2008; Accepted: 1 September 2008; Published: 1 January 2009

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