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932371.1 – 9407.1   Mesapamea secalis (Linnaeus, 1758)

DNA - © Dick Wilson
Distribution: USA: WA; Canada: BC.
Introduced from Europe.
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Synonymy: Phalaena Noctua secalis Linnaeus, 1758
Phalaena Noctua didyma Esper, 1788
Noctua furca Haworth, 1809
Noctua i-niger Haworth, 1809
Noctua lamda Vieweg, 1790
Phalaena Noctua lancea Esper, 1791
Phalaena Noctua leucostigma Esper, 1791
Noctua lugens Haworth, 1809
Noctua rava Haworth, 1809
Noctua secaline Hübner, [1809]
Hadena struvei Ragusa, 1885
Parastichtis vilis Hübner, [1821]
Taxonomic Notes: Mesapamea secalis (Linnaeus, 1758) is now recognized within the North American fauna north of Mexico, a specimen collected in British Columbia by D. Holden, in Pohl et al. (2018) and Crabo & Holden (2020), J. Lepid. Soc. 74(2): 95-105.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Crabo, L.G. & D.G. Holden, 2020. A Review of Established Accidentally-Introduced Noctuoidea in the Pacific Northwest Region of North America, with First Report of the Eurasian Cutworm Mesapamea secalis (L.) (Noctuidae, Noctuinae, Apameini) for North America. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 74(2): 95-105.
  • Linnaeus, C., 1758. Systema Naturae, 10th ed. (251): 519.
  • Pohl, G.R., J-F. Landry, B.C. Schmidt, J.D. Lafontaine, J.T. Troubridge, A.D. Macaulay, E. van Nieukerken, J.R. deWaard, J.J. Dombroskie, J. Klymko, V. Nazari, K. Stead, 2018. Annotated checklist of the moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Pensoft, 1-580; PDF, Hardback.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
Mesapamea secalis
DNA - © Libby & Rick Avis
Mesapamea secalis
LG – © PNW Moths - MA Peterson
Mesapamea secalis
LG – © PNW Moths - MA Peterson
Mesapamea secalis
LG – © PNW Moths - MA Peterson

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