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932928 – 10431   Dargida diffusa (Walker, 1856)
             Wheat Head Armyworm
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Synonymy: Leucania diffusa Walker, 1856
Leucania albilinea of authors not Hübner, [1821]
Leucania harveyi Grote, 1873
Leucania moderata Walker, 1856
Faronta terrapictalis Buckett, 1969
Leucania obscurior Smith, 1902
Leucania limitata Smith, 1902
Leucania neptis Smith, 1902
Taxonomic Notes: Dargida diffusa (Walker, 1856) includes as a synonym 10432 Dargida terrapictalis, "a dark form of the species that occurs from southern British Columbia to central California and could be treated as a subspecies if desired." Lafontaine & Schmidt (2015), ZooKeys, 527: 142. This species was transferred from the genus Faronta by Rodríguez and Angulo (2005).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt, 2015. Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico III. ZooKeys, 527: 127-147.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 55.40f; p. 304. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
Dargida diffusa
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© Charles Melton
Dargida diffusa
© Carol Wolf
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28mm – © Jim Vargo
Dargida diffusa
30mm - LG - D. d. terrapictalis – © Jim Vargo

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