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


female
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult female moths of this species have pale grey or brown forewings with faint markings. The adult male moths of this species have pale grey or brown forewings with arcs of dark dots. The hindwings are white shading to brown at the margins. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.


female
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


male
(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, and
  • South Australia.


    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.


    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.


    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)