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Species Xestia dolosa - Greater Black-letter Dart - Hodges#10942.1

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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 Noctuina
Genus Xestia
Species dolosa (Greater Black-letter Dart - Hodges#10942.1)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Woodland spotted cutworm
Spotted cutworm
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xestia dolosa Franclemont, 1980
Phylogenetic sequence # 933589
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 50 species of the genus Xestia in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan 40-42 mm.
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (2)

In The Owlet Moths of Ohio, Roy Rings writes: "The maculation of X. c-nigrum is identical to X. dolosa. The best way to separate the two species is by size. X. c-nigrum averages 6 mm (fore wing apex to apex) smaller than X. dolosa."
Eastern United States; Arizona; British Columbia and Alberta records. (3)
The larva feed on crop plants such as barley, clovers, corn, and tobacco. Also reported on apple and maples.
Considered agricultural pest.

Considered invasive in this country (from Europe). (Capinera, John L. North American Vegetable Pests. The Pattern of Invasion. American Entomologist. Spring 2002)
See Also
Other Xestia species.
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Lafontaine, J.D., 1998. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.3. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 134; pl. 3.30-31.(4)