Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Noctuinae: Agrotini

Agrotis venerabilis Walker 1857

Common name: Dusky cutworm

Hodges #: 10651.

Identification: Rfw 14.7 mm; orbicular and claviform spots elongate.  Hw color variable from nearly pure white to fuscous.  Ptagiae dark, tegulae pale.  Male with pectinate antennae.  All tibiae setose.  Eyes without hair, frons with a raised ring.  

Similar species: 10648, 10650, 10658, 10659, 10660, and 10674

Distribution: Coast to Coast from central Canada to Mexico.

Hosts: Larvae have been reported from varied  hosts: Medicago sativa-- alfalfa, Trifolim spp.--clovers, Nicotiana tabacum-- tobacco, Viola spp.-- violets, Stellaria media-- chickweed, Avena sativa-- oats, and Zea mays-- corn.  The species is a minor pest in gardens. 


ND  Cass Co., Fargo.  florescent lt. 
15- IX- 2004.  G. Fauske.







Last updated: 01/23/07

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
202 Hultz Hall
Fargo, ND 58105

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