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Species Leucania scirpicola - Scirpus Wainscot - Hodges#10455

Hodges#10445 - Leucania scirpicola Wainscot - Leucania scirpicola Scirpus Wainscot, 10455 - Leucania scirpicola Scirpus Wainscot Moth - Hodges #10455 - Leucania scirpicola Leucania scirpicola Leucania scirpicola Leucania scirpicola Leucania incognita - Leucania scirpicola
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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 scirpicola (Scirpus Wainscot - Hodges#10455)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leucania scirpicola (Guenee, 1852)
Leucania juncicola (Guenee, 1852)
Leucania pendens (Smith, 1905)
Leucania calpota (Smith, 1908)
33-40mm WS (1)
18-21mm TL (2)
FW flesh-colored to brownish and smooth appearance. A diffuse dark brown streak runs longitudinally from the base of the wing to the small, white discal dot where veins diverge. PM represented by a series of small, black dots. HW is hyaline white, with grayish-brown outer margin.
New England to Florida, west to Kentucky and Texas. Covell includes Nova Scotia within the range but scirpicola is not on the Moths of Canada list of eastern Leucania species
adults fly from April to October
larvae feed on grasses
See Also
Leucania incognita - much smaller without pinkish tones of this species. a
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.