Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leucania multilinea Walker, 1856
Explanation of Names
MULTILINEA: literally, "many-lined" - the origin of the common name, based on the appearance of the forewing
forewing light brown streaked with fine brown and blackish lines; black dot above white streak where Cu1 and M3 veins separate; PM line consists of two or three black dots; three sharp even gray lines across collar behind head (if visible, this characteristic is diagnostic) - Note: Other species can have this characteristic. Per Hampson, 1905, L. phragmitidicola can have three gray lines across collar behind head. Leucania adjuta also can have three lines based on DNA tested examples.
hindwing white with gray shading at outer margin
Larvae: see Godfrey, 1972, p. 91 (2)
& Wagner, 2011, p. 508 (3)
British Columbia to Nova Scotia, south to Florida, west to Arizona
adults fly from June to September
larvae feed on grasses (Poaceae)
L. commoides has more black streaking, and L. lapidaria has less black streaking than the Many-lined Wainscot. L. lapidaria is probably the most similar, but it lacks L. multilinea's thick black streak that originates in the middle of the wing and runs straight to the outer edge.
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.