Leucania uda Guenée, 1852
White-spot Armyworm
(one synonym : Cirphis adjuncta Walker, 1869)
HADENINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Leucania uda
(Photo: courtesy of David Akers, Won Wron, Victoria)

The Caterpillar of this species is brown, with broad dark lines along each side, faint orange shading between segments, and a striped head.

Leucania uda
pupa
(Photo: courtesy of David Akers, Won Wron, Victoria)

The pupa is brown.

Leucania uda
male
(Photo: courtesy of David Akers, Won Wron, Victoria)

Leucania uda
female
(Photo: courtesy of David Akers, Won Wron, Victoria)

The adult moths have streaky forewings, each with a white spot near the middle. Male moths also have submarginal arcs of dark dots. Female moths have a narrow dark-edged white line from the base leading to the central spot. The hindwings are white shading to brown at the margins. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

Leucania uda
male
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

Leucania uda
female
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

This species has been caught in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Leucania uda
    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Cirphis adjuncta
    ,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume V (1905), Plate XCI, figure 25,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    Leucania uda
    female, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Cirphis uda
    ,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume V (1905), Plate XCI, figure 23,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), pp. 80-81, No. 111.

    Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
    Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 28-29.


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    (updated 14 April 2013, 25 December 2020, 10 January 2022)