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933053 – 10406   Lacinipolia olivacea (Morrison, 1875)
             Olive Arches

Nolie Schneider
Distribution: Type locality (olivacea): New York; New Hampshire.
Type locality (repentina): Hoboken, NJ.
Lectotype (petita): Vancouver, BC.
Similar Species:
  • Lacinipolia bucketti is apparently not distinguished from L. o. petita by DNA sequencing.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Mamestra olivacea Morrison, 1875
Mamestra obscurior Smith, 1888
Mamestra lucina Smith, 1901
Mamestra megarena Smith, 1901
Mamestra altua Smith, 1901
Mamestra petita Smith, 1901
Mamestra vaumedia Smith, 1888
Mamestra repentina Morrison, 1875
Taxonomic Notes: Lacinipolia olivacea (Morrison, 1875) includes Mamestra repentina Morrison, 1875, a name which was apparently overlooked in Hodges et al. (1983) but included in Poole (1989), as a synonym (Schmidt in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) 2023).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Morrison, H.K., 1875. Descriptions of new Noctuidae. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, 17: 143.
  • Morrison, H.K., 1875. Notes on the Noctuidae. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, 18: 118.
  • Pohl, G. R. and S. R. Nanz (eds.), 2023. Annotated Taxonomic Checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, Bakersfield, California, xiv + 580 pp. (order).
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 56.12m; p. 305. Book Review and ordering
  • Selman, C.L., 1975. Revision of the Genus Lacinipolia McDunnough of America North of Mexico (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Ohio State University, Ph.D. thesis dissertation.
  • Smith, J.B., 1887. New genera and species of North American Noctuidae. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 10: 450; 465 (obscurior); 466 (vaumedia).
  • Smith, J.B., 1901. Notes on Mamestra olivacea Morr. and its allies. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 27: 230; 236 (lucina, altua, megarena); 239 (petita).
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
Lacinipolia olivacea
Nolie Schneider
Lacinipolia olivacea
John Davis
Lacinipolia olivacea
Robin McLeod
Lacinipolia olivacea
John Davis
Lacinipolia olivacea
Paratype (petita) - LG – J. Gill (CNC)
Lacinipolia olivacea
23mm – Jim Vargo
Lacinipolia olivacea
Canadian National Collection LG

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