Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Noctuinae: Agrotini

Feltia jaculifera (Guenée 1852)

Common name: Dingy cutworm.

Hodges #: 10670.

Identification: Rfw 15.0 mm, fw with streaks on veins M3 and Cu1 reaching margin; orbicular spot triangular, claviform spot extending as far out as reniform spot, all tibiae setose.  Male clasper with upturned harpe along inner face of valve, no sacculus extension.

Similar species: 10648, 10650, 10651, 10674, 10676, 10830, 10831, also 9374.

Distribution: southern Alaska, southeastward across Canada and United States to northern Mexico..

Hosts: Larvae have been reported from more than 40 plant species including crops, forages, vegetables, and forbs.

Note: Often listed as F. ducens Walker.  Recent work (see Lafontaine 2004) indicates that this is probably a complex of species at present perhaps only identified via pheromones or DNA.  The specimens shown at right represent extremes in variation only and not cryptic species.

ND, Cass Co., Fargo, NDSU campus.  15- VIII- 1978, %, UV light, coll. T. Maertens.

ND, Cass Co., Fargo.  VIII- 1983, %, UV lt, coll. G. Fauske.

Right prothoracic tibia showing mesal
and lateral rows of setae.






Last updated: 02/06/07

Dr. Gerald M. Fauske
collection manager, NDSIRC
research specialist, NDSU
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