Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 5, 2003
Publication Date: December 15, 2003
Citation: Knudson, E., Bordelon, C., Pogue, M.G. 2003. A new species of schinia huebner (lepidoptera: noctuidae: heliothinae) from texas, oklahoma, and louisiana.. Zootaxa. 382:1-7
Interpretive Summary: Cutworm moths are major agricultural pests causing billions of dollars of damage annually. Species such as the corn earworm and tobacco budworm destroy millions of dollars of corn, cotton, and tobacco. Many species of these and related groups of moths are dificult to distinguish. This research describes a new species from central Oklahoma, eastern Texas, and Louisiana. This will make the name available for future work on this economically important subfamily in North America. The results will be important to scientists, ecologists, economic entomologists, and those interested in biodiversity studies, and APHIS, PPQ inspectors and identifiers will use this information.
Schinia varix is described, illustrated, and compared to similar species. Male and female adults and genitalia are figured. Comparative adult images of S. siren, S. roseitincta, and S. antonio are also figured.