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Species Leucania inermis - Unarmed Wainscot - Hodges#10459

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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 Leucaniini
Genus Leucania
Species inermis (Unarmed Wainscot - Hodges#10459)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1936 by William Trowbridge Merrifield Forbes as Cirphis inermis
Explanation of Names
inermis is Latin for "unarmed, harmless"
WS ≈ 35mm (1)
Adult: FW grayish. Reniform present as a vague, pale spot with a distinct dark discal dot. Orbicular absent. PM and AM lines present, although irregular and not prominent. HW heavily suffused with gray-brown. Male prothoracic tibia without a large, massive tuft of hair. (1)
Northeast and mid-Atlantic states from Nova Scotia in the north to South Carolina in the south. The species is known from as far west as western Pennsylvania and western North Carolina. (1)
The similar species of Leucania inermis-ursula-pseudargyria species complex cannot be identified with certainty except by dissecting the male genitalia. (1)
See Also
Leucania pseudargyria - usually the easiest of the four species to recognize because of its larger size and the red tint to the forewings usually (but not always) present.
Leucania ursula - slightly smaller then similar inermis. Both species are always gray without the red tints that are present in the larger pseudargyia.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults, and larva (2)
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens (3)    Systematics on the Fly species account (1)