Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Noctuinae: Noctuini

Agnorisma badinodis (Grote 1874)

Common name:  Northern variable dart/ Spotted-sided cutworm.

Hodges #: 10955.

Identification: Rfw 16.32 mm, ground color gray, black before and between ordinary spots; transverse lines even, pale filled, st area darker than ground color, hw fuscous; ptagiae blackish, contrasting with gray vertex and tegulae.  Protibia with mesal setae and a few lateral apical setae.  Antennae of % bipectinate. 

Similar species:10644, 10680, 10928, 10943, 10944, and 10954.

Distribution: southern Canada and United States, east of the 100th meridian, and exclusive of the Deep South.

Hosts: Larval hosts include Stellaria media-- chickweed, Sisymbrium officinale-- hedge mustard, Trifolim-- clovers, Medicago sativa-- alfalfa, Rumex-- sorrels, Aster ericoides-- summer aster, and Triticum astevium-- wheat (Walkden 1957).


SD, Minnehaha Co., Sioux Falls, incandescent lt., G. Fauske.

Close up of head and prothorax of A. badinodis showing dark ptagiae. 


Lateral view of head of A. badinodis.



Forewings of Agnorisma badinodis (left) and A. bugrai (right).





Last updated: 02/06/07

Dr. Gerald M. Fauske
collection manager, NDSIRC
research specialist, NDSU
216 Hultz Hall
Fargo, ND 58105

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