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Genus Noctua - Yellow Underwings

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Noctua (Yellow Underwings)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Noctua Linnaeus, 1758
Noctuella Rafinesque, 1815
Nyctemia Rafinesque, 1815
Triphaena Ochsenheimer, 1816
Triphaena Hübner, [1821]
Lampra Hübner, [1821]
Euschesis Hübner, [1821]
Tryphaena Meigen, 1832
Xanthoptera Sodoffsky, 1837
Paranoctua Beck, Kobes & Ahola, 1993
Latanoctua Beck, Kobes & Ahola, 1993
Internoctua Beck, Kobes & Ahola, 1993
Explanation of Names
Generic name Noctua is Latin for "night owl." (1), (2)
Numbers
2 species in North America. 2 species in Canada, both introduced from Europe (CBIF).
Internet References
pinned adult images of both species occurring in Canada (CBIF)
live adult & larva images of Lesser Yellow Underwing (Moths & Butterflies of Europe and North Africa)
live adult & larva images of Lesser Yellow Underwing (Hants Moths, UK)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.