Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Noctuinae: Agrotini

Euxoa scandens (Riley 1869)

Common name: White cutworm

Hodges #: 10715.

Identification: Rfw 15.72 mm; fw gray, transverse lines indicated at coasta, black, double and pale filled; lower half of reniform spot infuscated; st area darkened, st line indicated by pale spots.  Hw margins fuscous, often with fain fuscous sub-marginal line.  Frons smooth, without raised ring typical of most species of Euxoa and Agrotis.

Similar species: 10641, 10669, 10723, 10780, 10809, 10811, 10813, 10894, 10902, 10906,
and 10909.

Distribution: temperate and transition zone North America mostly east of the Rockies and in areas of sandy soil.  .

Hosts: Larvae have been reported from a variety of vegetables, woody shrubs and trees.  In habits it is known as a climbing cutworm.  Occasionally a pest of truck crops. 

Note: fw groudcolor is variable and can be heavily dusted with pinkish scales giving an overall pale brick red appearance to the moth...


ND  Foster Co., Carrington Expt. Station. 
 UV lt. trap, 17- VI- 1992, M. Hoard.

Arrow indicates smooth frons. 
Compare to 10805.






Last updated: 02/06/07

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