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932371.109407.1Mesapamea secalis (Linnaeus, 1758)

DNA - Dick Wilson
Distribution: USA: WA; Canada: BC.
Introduced from Europe.
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
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 Data System (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. The 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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