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Species Leucania solita - Hodges#10458.1

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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 Leucaniini
Genus Leucania
Species solita (Leucania solita - Hodges#10458.1)
Hodges Number
10458.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leucania solita Walker, 1856
Explanation of Names
Leucania solita Walker, 1856 is treated as a full species in Troubridge (2020).
Identification
Medium sized, pale moth. Distinguished from other noctuids by its forwing pattern: a long dark dash delimited above by a white line, running from base to middle. (1) One source discussing the species in Mexico said that the color or the wings can vary considerably.
Range
USA: CA, TX.
Food
Sporobolus virginicus
Remarks
Easily confused with Leucania adjuta. A hindwing view may be necessary for positive identification.
It is my observation, although nothing is mentioned in the identification of L. adjuta, is that L. adjuta usually has heavily tufted legs and L. humidicola does not. (Ann Hendrickson)
Print References
Troubridge, J.T., 2020. A new genus and 37 new noctuoid species from peninsular Florida and the Keys (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea). Insecta Mundi, 0789: 1-56.
Internet References