THE MOTHS OF NORTH AMERICA, Fascicle 26.9
Noctuoidea, Noctuidae, Xyleninae, Apameini (part: Apamea group of genera)
Kauri Mikkola, J. Donald Lafontaine & Jocelyn Gill
2009, 191 pages, 8 color plates, 24 b/w plates, 67 text figures. The text treats 71 species in 5 genera of North American moths of the noctuid tribe Apameini. Two genera, 12 species, and six subspecies are newly described. Adults of all species are illustrated in color by 296 specimens. Approximately 20,000 specimens were studied. Diagnostic characters of all the genera and species are detailed and illustrated.
This is the first fascicle for which the authors use molecular data to help resolve complex species issues. Specimens of this group of often closely similar and variable species have proved difficult to identify. Identification keys for the genera and species based on characters of adults together with illustrations of wings and genitalia and notes on variable characters will be extremely helpful to enable recognition of specimens. The larvae feed mainly on grasses, and the last instar larvae of 27 species are briefly characterized. A synonymic check list of the described species updates the Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico (#9600).
This publication is the second fascicle to be published in hardcover.
A description of all other fascicles published to date can be found by entering Moths of North America, or #9651 in Search (except for #9603, Fascicle 17.2, 2008, and #9305, Fascicle 8.1 which have separate descriptions).
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