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Species Euxoa scandens - White Cutworm Moth - Hodges#10715

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Agrotina
Genus Euxoa
No Taxon (Subgenus Pleonectopoda)
No Taxon (westermanni group)
Species scandens (White Cutworm Moth - Hodges#10715)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Euxoa scandens (Riley, 1869)
Agrotis scandens Riley, 1869
Phylogenetic sequence # 933329 (1)
Wingspan is 32-36 mm.
Northwest Territories and Alberta to Newfoundland, and across the northern United States from Montana to Illinois and Pennsylvania. In the Rocky Mountain region the range extends south to Oklahoma and Utah. (2), (3)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Dry sandy areas including dunes and beaches.
Adults are most common from June to July. There are records from April to August. (3)
Lafontaine (1987) listed the larval hosts as Meliotus sp. (sweet clover), many vegetable crops and young trees. (4)
Considered a pest of many vegetable crops as are many of the cutworm species.
Print References
Lafontaine, J.D., 1987. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.2. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 47; pl. 1.43-44. (4)
Riley, 1869. Papilio 1(8)
Troubridge, J.T. & J.D. LaFontaine. Moths of Canada Noctuidae: Agrotini. PDF photo plate. (5)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Assessment of species diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone
McAlpine D.F., Smith I.M. (eds.). 2010. Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press). 785 pp.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Noctuoidea, Noctuidae (Part), Noctuinae (Part-Euxoa), Fascicle 27.2
J. Donald LaFontane. 1987. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
5.Moths of Canada Noctuidae: Agrotini
J. T. Troubridge, J. D. LaFontaine. 2004. Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility.
6.University of Alberta Entomology Collection
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems