Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 22, 2002
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Cutworm moths in the family Noctuidae are major agricultural pests causing billions of dollars of damage annually. Genera and species are revised, described, and redescribed, which results in synonyms begin created. In this study, one genus and two species were found to be synonyms. By examining type species and type specimens, these names are assigned to a correct genus and species. Finding synonyms corrects and streamlines the taxonomy of the Noctuidae and contributes to our overall understanding of a complex and diverse group. The results of this paper will be important to scientists, ecologists, biodiversity surveys and economic entomologists. Also, APHIS, PPQ inspectors and identifiers will use this information.
The monotypic genus Acanthermia Hampson 1926 is congeneric with Obrima Walker 1856 (new synonym). Two new synonymies of Obrima didactica (Dyar 1914) (new combination) are proposed: Acanthermia dyari Hampson 1926 and Obrima cymbae Pogue 1998. Additional distributional records from Costa Rica are included. Adults of all Obrima species are illustrated to show intraspecific variation.