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Yellow-collared Dart - Euxoa flavicollis

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State Rank: SNR

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General Description
The Yellow-collared Dart (Euxoa flavicollis) is a medium-size (30-34 mm wingspan) moth with dark brown forewings, with a pale yellow-brown, ochre, or dull orange costa. The cubital vein is shaded with white scales for the same distance. The dark filled orbicular and kidney-shaped reniform spots are relatively small and outlined in the same pale yellow or orange scales. There is a narrow yellow or orange streak beyond the claviform spot. The hindwings are suffused with sooty or brown scales, darkest towards the outer margin (Anweiler 2007).

Yellow-collared Dart adults have been collected in the province of Alberta from early July through mid August. Poorly known life history, with the immature stages known only from lab rearings. There is a single brood each year. There is apparently a relatively short period of aestivation prior to the larvae pupating. Adults are nocturnal and are attracted to light (Anweiler 2007).

Diagnostic Characteristics
In the Yellow-collared Dart, the basal half of the prothoracic collar is the same pale yellow or orange (in some females silver-grey) color as the costa, which separates it from the similar E. ridingsiana (Anweiler 2007).

Range Comments
The Yellow-collared Dart ranges from southern Northwest Territories and south to Canadian mountains and Great Plains; and further south to North Dakota, Colorado, Utah and southern Washington (Anweiler 2007).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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