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Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands

Leucania farcta [Noctuidae]

JPG-Leucania farcta

Wingspan 3.8 cm. Forewing is pink to light red with few markings; hindwing is white. This noctuid is abundant in meadows of wet conifer forests in the Pacific Northwest. Moths fly in early to late summer. Caterpillars are climbing cutworms that feed on grasses.

Similar species: a large group of similar looking species occur in western North America; Leucania anteoclara forewing is gray, hindwing is white, occurs in the Pacific West; Leucania multilinea forewing with a black streak, occurs in the Rocky Mountain region; Leucania commoides forewing is dark pink-gray, hindwing is gray, occurs in dry forests; Leucania insueta forewing is gray with a postmedian line of small black spots, hindwing gray, widely distributed in high elevation conifer forests; Aletia oxygala (Noctuidae) forewing is yellow, hindwing is black, widely distributed.

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