The Wolley Dod Award is given annually for the most significant Alberta Lepidoptera discovery of the season.
Charley Bird is the 2017 Wolley Dod winner for his collection of Tridentaforma fuscoleuca! Here are the details, in the words of Greg Pohl who nominated Charley for the award:
Tridentaforma fuscoleuca (Braun) (Tridentaformidae)
New AB and Canadian record by C.D. Bird, based on a specimen he collected at Big Knife in 2002. It was sent to the CNC and determined as “Tridentaforma sp.” several years ago by JF Landry. The record was overlooked since it was not a complete species ID. The specimen came to GRP’s attention in 2017 when examining the Bird donation to the Strickland Museum. There is only 1 species of Tridentaforma (and Tridentaformidae) in the world. The species was recently removed from the Tineidae, and the family Tridentaformidae was erected in the Adeloidea. It has since been discovered on Vancouver Island as well. I’ve [Greg Pohl] collected it in the USA.
The 2015 winner of the Wolley Dod Award is Gary Anweiler for his discovery of a Regal Fritillary, Speyeria idalia (Drury), a new Alberta record! Gary’s discovery was the only one nominated for 2015, since nothing else came close to this amazing find!
The 2014 winner of the Wolley Dod Award is Gary Anweiler for his discovery of Autographa precationis (Guenée), a new Alberta record! Gary collected a specimen of this plusiine noctuid in his yard in Edmonton, on 22 September 2014. It is deposited in the UASM. It was previously known from eastern Canada as far west as Saskatchewan (Hooper 1990).