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Species Nephelodes minians - Bronzed Cutworm - Hodges#10524

Bronzed Cutworm - Hodges#10524 - Nephelodes minians Bronzed Cutworm Moth - Nephelodes minians - female Noctuidae: Nephelodes minians - Nephelodes minians Moth - Nephelodes minians Noctuidae: Nephelodes minians - Nephelodes minians - male moth - Nephelodes minians Bronzed Cutworm - Nephelodes minians Bronzed cutworm moth? - Nephelodes minians
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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 Tholerini
Genus Nephelodes
Species minians (Bronzed Cutworm - Hodges#10524)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Shaded Umber Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nephelodes minians Guenée, 1852
Phalaena emmedonia of authors not Cramer, 1779
Nephelodes adusta Buckett, 1973 (1)
Graphiphora expansa Walker, 1857
Nephelodes mendica Barnes & Lindsey, 1921 (1)
Nephelodes rubeolans Guenée, 1852
Graphiphora subdolens Walker, 1857
Monosca subnotata Walker, 1869
Nephelodes violans Guenée, 1852
Nephelodes tertialis Smith, 1903
Nephelodes pectinatus Smith, 1900
Nephelodes minians minians
Nephelodes minians tertialis
Nephelodes minians pectinatus
Phylogenetic sequence # 932810 (2)
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 14-19 mm. (3)
Forewing ground color extremely variable, from light tan/yellowish, to pinkish, rosy, rusty, grayish, or various shades of brown; a dark U-shaped band surrounds the reniform spot medially.
Specimens identified by DNA analysis:


The larva have large head, tan to honey-colored; body thick, dark brown with bronzy sheen, three yellowish dorsal stripes extend along body.
Throughout North America.
The adults fly from July to October.
The larvae feed on grasses, including cereal crops and corn.(3)
Life Cycle
Eggs; Larva; Adult Female with Eggs:
See Also
Veiled Ear Moth - Loscopia velata

Signate Quaker - Tricholita signata
Print References
Buckett, J.S. 1972 [1973]. A new species of Nephelodes Guenée from the Great Basin area of northeastern California. The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera. 11(4): 260-268.
Guenée, M.A. 1852 in Boisduval & Guenée. Noctuélites. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. 5(1): 130
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl. 55, fig. 19; p. 302. (3)
Smith, J.B. 1900. New Noctuids from British North America, with notes on some others. The Canadian Entomologist. x: 221.
Smith, J.B. 1903. New Noctuids for 1903, No. 2, with notes on Mamestra and Scotogramma. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 11: 19.