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932617 – 9958   Sunira decipiens (Grote, 1881)

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Distribution: Type locality (decipiens): northern Indiana.
Type locality (acta): Corvallis, OR; Pullman, WA; "Corfield" [near Duncan?], Vancouver Island, BC; "Livingston", Vancouver Island, BC.
Similar Species:
  • Sunira bicolorago (Guenée, 1852)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Orthosia decipiens Grote, 1881
Orthosia acta Smith, 1907
Taxonomic Notes: Sunira decipiens was formerly placed in the genus Agrochola. Treated as a subgenus of Agrochola in Ronkay et al. (2001), Sunira was retuned to full genus in Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010). Franclemont in Forbes (1954:157) treated decipiens as a form of bicolorago and returned acta to full species. Franclemont & Todd in Hodges et al. (1983) (Checklist) subsequently treated decipiens as a full species with acta as a synonym but without explanation.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Forbes, W.T.M., 1954. Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States, Part III. Noctuidae. Cornell University Agriculture Experimental Station Memoirs, 329: 1-433.
  • Grote, A.R., 1882. Article X. - North American moths, with a preliminary catalogue of the species of Hadena and Polia. Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, 6(2): 269.
  • 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.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 54.12f; p. 298. Book Review and ordering
  • Ronkay L., J.L. Yela, M. Hreblay, 2001. Hadeninae II. Noctuidae Europaeae, 5: 1-452.
  • Smith, J.B., 1907. New species of Noctuidæ for 1907. No. 1. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 33: 133.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
Sunira decipiens
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Sunira decipiens
© Libby & Rick Avis - DNA
Sunira decipiens
LG – © Jim Troubridge
Sunira decipiens
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