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Species Leucania pseudargyria - False Wainscot - Hodges#10462

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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 pseudargyria (False Wainscot - Hodges#10462)
Hodges Number
10462
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1852 by Achille Guénée as Leucania pseudargyria
Explanation of Names
pseudargyria is probably derived from Greek pseudes (πσευδης)- "false" + argyria as in Leucania lythargyria, a European moth (the name is now considered a synonym of Leucania ferrago): the original description says this species resembles it quite a bit.
Size
The largest species of this species group with a wing expanse of 40 to 45 mm. from wing tip to wing tip.
Identification
Genitalia:
Food
Various grasses.
Internet References
Nearctica.com    Systematics on the Fly species account
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères, 5, v.1, p.74    Guenénée's original description of the species (in French)