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Species Leucania incognita - Hodges#10450

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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 incognita (Leucania incognita - Hodges#10450)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1918 by William Barnes and James Halliday McDunnough as Cirphis incognita
Explanation of Names
incognita is Latin for "unknown"
There are two principal North American populations, significantly different in superficial appearance.
Male FW is dirty light brown. A dark streak runs from the base of the wing to the discal dot and just beyond. Discal dot is a black spot, accented with white. PM line represented by a curved line of indistinct dark brown dots. A series of black spots along the outer margin. HW is white with a series of black dots around the outer margin. Female similar to the male, but more washed out and with the markings typically more vague, particularly the dark line from the base to the discal dot.
FW is a rich, dark brown. A dark, prominent dash runs from the base of the wing to the discal dot to between the discal dot and the PMe. Discal dot a short white line. PM consists of prominent dark dots, sometimes connected into a dentate line. Dots along outer margin are present, but vague. HW white with a series of dark dots along the outer margin. a
A tropical and subtropical species that ranges into the southern United States. Primarily known from southern and central Texas, but the species has been collected from as far west and southern Arizona. In the east this species occurs in Florida. The species is also known to occur in Mexico, Central America, and the Antilles. a
See Also
No similar species - This species is easily separated from all other North American species by its brown coloration with the dark streak through the center of the wing and the white hindwing with the small black dots along the outer margin. a