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Species Macronoctua onusta - Iris Borer - Hodges#9452

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Apameini
Genus Macronoctua
Species onusta (Iris Borer - Hodges#9452)
Hodges Number
9452
Numbers
the only species in this genus in North America
Identification
forewing brown with darker brown or gray margins; AM and PM lines thin, black, and zigzagged; wingtips with several concave scallops; hindwing uniformly pale brown
Range
eastern US and southeastern Canada, plus British Columbia
Season
adults fly in September and October
Food
larvae bore into iris plants and feed on the rhizomes
Life Cycle
see Internet Reference links below
Remarks
much information on caterpillar damage and control on the web; see Internet Reference links below
Internet References
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image and semiochemicals (pherobase.com)
biology and biocontrol (U. of Wisconsin)
biology and control (Virginia State U.)
biology and control (U. of Florida)
biological control using nematodes (Canadian Iris Society)
color drawing of larva (American Iris Society)