Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lacinipolia strigicollis (Wallengren, 1860)
Hecatera strigicollis Wallengren, 1860
Mamestra illaudabilis Grote, 1875
Phylogenetic sequence #933069
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "lined collar" for the "rusty collar with transverse black lines."
Wingspan 23-28 mm.
Forewing length 12-14 mm. (1)
Adult - mottled cream or light green and dark gray color with light-filled spots and toothed black and white lines. (1)
British Columbia to California, west to Texas, north to Alberta.
Larvae feed on various herbaceous plants in such families as the Asteraceae and Fabaceae. (1)
This is the type species of the genus Lacinipolia. The type specimens (male and female) were collected on Vancouver Island, BC, and named Mamestra illaudabilis by Grote in 1875; illaudabilis is now synonymized with strigicollis. Wallengren had already described strigicollis in 1860, placing it in the genus Hecatera which was later synonymized with Lacinipolia.
Lacinipolia runica and viridifera are similar but apparently restricted to Arizona.
L. marinitincta is also similar but has a midwestern distribution (Texas to Kansas, west to Arizona and Utah) and is absent from west coast states and Canada.
also flies in the fall but is pure gray and white without yellow or green tints. (1)
is an introduced mottled yellow and dark gray moth, more bright yellow than green or cream and has patches of bright orange scales that are absent in L. strigicollis
Wallengren, H.D.J., 1860. Lepidopterologische Mittheiluiigen. Wiener entomologische Monatschrift