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Species Leucania linita - Linen Wainscot Moth - Hodges#10440

Moth - Leucania linita Moth - Leucania linita Wainscot - Leucania linita Phragmites Wainscot?  - Leucania linita Wainscott sp.? - Leucania linita Phragmites Wainscot? - Leucania linita unknown moth - Leucania linita
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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 Leucania
Species linita (Linen Wainscot Moth - Hodges#10440)
Hodges Number
10440
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leucania linita (Guenée, 1852)
Size
18mm TL (1)
Identification
Adult: Pale straw-colored FW is evenly striated with faint brown lines between veins. Darker brown central streak ends at black-edged white reniform dot. PM is a complete row of tiny dots. (1) NOTE: In darker specimens, the discal dot is the same color as the rest of the wing and accented with dull black. a
Range
MD to FL and TX.
Food
Orchard grass (1)
See Also
Leucania amygdalina, formerly treated as a synonym of L. linita in the 1983 Hodges Checklist, is raised to full species status in Lafontaine & Schmidt (2015) (2). It replaces L. linita in southern NJ to Canada and west to IL and IL. There may be overlap from southern NJ to NC. Dissection or DNA is required for separation. - Lafontaine & Schmidt (per. comm. 9/7/2017)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
2.Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico III
Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt. 2015. ZooKeys 527: 127-147.