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Species Mythimna sequax - Wheat Armyworm - Hodges#10438.1

Wheat Armyworm - Hodges #10438.1 - Mythimna sequax
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Classification
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 Mythimna
Species sequax (Wheat Armyworm - Hodges#10438.1)
Hodges Number
10438.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mythimna sequax (Franclemont, 1951) (1)
Pseudoletia sequax Franclemont, 1951 (2)
Phylogenetic sequence # 932936
Explanation of Names
sequax Latin word for "following" to descibe the behavior of armyworm larvae.(3)
Numbers
There are four named species of Mythimna in America north of Mexico.(1)
Identification
The original description is available online. (2)
Hindwing is white with contrasting dark veins and dark shading along the outer margin.
Range
Southern Texas; southern Florida. (4), (5), (6)
Also occurs in Cuba, Mexico to Argentina. (6)
Holotype collected in Mexico, Jalapa. (Schaus)
Season
January and November records for Florida. March for Texas. (7), (6)
Food
Triticum (wheat).
Also listed as a pest of Oryza (rice). (8)
Life Cycle
Some general life cycle notes in PDF. (8)
See Also
Several other Mythimna species are similar, along with some Leucania and Dargida species.
Compare to related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
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.The species of the Leucania unipuncta group, with a discussion of the generic names for the various segregates of .....
J. G. Franclemont. 1951. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 53: 57-85.
3.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
4.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Florida
5.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.
6.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
7.North American Moth Photographers Group
8.Insect Pests of Rice
M. D. Pathak, Zeyaur R. Khan . 1994. International Rice Research Institute 1-79.