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931489 – 9275   Acronicta lupini (Grote, 1873)
             The Little Bear

Bob Martin
Distribution: Canada: YT, NT, BC, AB, MB, QC, NL; USA: WA south to southern CA and west to CO and SD - Schmidt & Anweiler (2020).
Type locality (lupini): CA, USA.
Type locality (ursina): CO, USA.
Type locality (atlinensis): Atlin, BC, Canada.
Type locality (australis): Sugarloaf Mtn., San Bernardino Co., CA, USA.
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Synonymy: Acronycta lupini Grote, 1873
Merolonche atlinensis Barnes & Benjamin, 1926
Merolonche australis Mustelin & Leuschner, 2000
Acronicta lupina McDunnough, 1938
Merolonche ursina Smith, 1898
Acronicta ursini Smith, 1911
Taxonomic Notes: Acronicta lupini (Grote, 1873), formerly in the genus Merolonche (Lafontaine & Schmidt 2010), includes as synonyms atlinensis Barnes & Benjamin [9278] (Lafontaine & Schmidt 2010), ursina Smith [9279] (Pohl et al. 2010), and australis Mustelin & Leuschner, 2000 [9275.1] (Schmidt & Anweiler 2020).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt, 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico. ZooKeys, 40: 1-239.
  • Mustelin, T., R. Leuschner, K. Mikkola & D.J. Lafontaine, 2000. Two New Genera And Thirteen New Species Of Owlet Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), Mainly From Southern California. Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History, 36: 4.
  • Pohl, G.R., G.G. Anweiler, B.C. Schmidt, & N.G. Kondla, 2010. An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada. ZooKeys, 38: 1-549.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 50.42f; p. 283. Book Review and ordering
  • Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler, 2020. Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 25.4: 240; pl. A-18, figs. 1-8 (adult); pl. 28, fig. 5 (♂ gen.); pl. 44, fig. 1 (♀ gen.); pl. L-17, fig. 5. (larva) (order).
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
Acronicta lupini
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Acronicta lupini
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