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932959 – 10447.1   Leucania dorsalis Walker, 1856
Distribution Data for Leucania dorsalis
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Distribution: Dade Co. and Monroe Co., FL - Dickel (1991).
Type locality: St. Domingo.
Genitalia: See Adams (2001).
Similar Species:
  • Leucania dorsalis has HW fuscous - Adams (2001).
  • Leucania elephas has FW with "darker, more contrasting white and brown scales on the cubital vein" than in dorsalis - Troubridge (2020).
  • Leucania februalis is found in CA.
  • Leucania infatuans has FW with yellow tint and HW with white ground color - Adams (2001).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Leucania dorsalis Walker, 1856
Taxonomic Notes: Leucania dorsalis Walker, 1856 is now recognized within the North American fauna north of Mexico from Florida in Dickel (1991), Trop. Lepid., 2(1): 57. This is common species overlooked due to its similarity to 10457 Leucania infatuans Franclemont, 1972
  • Adams, M.S., 2001. A revision of the moth genus Leucania Ochsenheimer in the Antilles (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Annals of the Carnegie Museum, 70(3): 197; figs. 2B, 7C-D, 14B.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Dickel, T.S., 1991. New records of noctuid moths from Florida (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Tropical Lepidoptera, 2(1): 53-58.
  • Walker, F., 1856. Noctuidae. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 9: 98.
Leucania dorsalis
30mm - LG – Jim Troubridge
Leucania dorsalis
30mm - LG – Jim Vargo

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