Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leucania phragmitidicola Guenée, 1852
Explanation of Names
specific epithet refers to the tall reed Phragmites
, presumably a larval foodplant
wingspan about 32 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing light tan but not uniformly-colored: an indistinct and diffuse pale band runs obliquely from apex to inner margin, surrounded on both sides by slightly darker shading; PM line composed of several dark but inconspicuous dots; main vein running from base to middle of wing is whitish, bordered by thick dark line on inner edge; slightly darker shading along outer margin; hindwing white with no dark border
Larvae: see Godfrey, 1972, p. 94 (2)
& Wagner, 2011, p. 509 (3)
eastern two-thirds of North America
adults fly from June to October
larvae feed on grasses, presumably including Phragmites
forewing darker; PM line composed of well-defined crescent of conspicuous black dots
L. linita forewing uniformly-colored; main vein not conspicuously dark-edged
) forewing uniformly-colored; main vein not conspicuously dark-edged; PM line composed of two dark dots - not several
) has not been recorded in Canada, according to CBIF
other species of Leucania have multiple dark/blackish streaks on forewing, absent in L. phragmitidicola
Guenée, 1852 in Boisduval & Guenée, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Species Général des Lépidoptéres. Tome Cinquiéme. Noctuélites. Tome 1.
Hampson, G.F. 1905. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum.
Smith, J.B. 1903. Contributions toward a monograph of the Lepidopterous Family Noctuidae of boreal North America. A revision of the moths referred to the genus Leucania
with descriptions of new species. No. 1283. Proceedings of the United States National Museum.
Walker, F.W. 1856. Noctuidae. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum.