Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Noctuinae: Noctuini

Abagrotis alternata  (Grote 1864)

Common name: Mottled gray cutworm

Hodges #: 11029.

Identification: Rfw 17.22 mm; ground color red brown; st area paler, ordinary spots usually darker, reniform with lower portion fuscous; Pm and St lines in well marked specimens black and crenellate between veins.  Hws fuscous.  Labial palpus 2nd segment with apical tuft; palpus laterally brownish and smooth scaled ventrally. Pro-tibiae without sclerotized setae.  Abdomen flattened.

Similar species: 10731, 10753, 10926, 10928, 10944, 10992, 11024.1, 11027, 11039, 11041, 11045, and 11049.1 

Distribution: southern Canada and United States excepting the Pacific states and the southeast. 

Hosts: Larvae have been reported from foliage or buds of a wide variety of plants including: white spruce, walnut, hickories, oak, strawberry, apple, cherry, plum, peach, potato and tomato (Rings 1971).



ND  Cass Co., Fargo.  UV lt. trap.
21- VII- 1983.  G. Fauske. 







Last updated: 02/06/07

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