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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SYSTEMATICS OF MOTHS, LEAFHOPPERS, AND TRUE BUGS OF IMPORTANCE TO AGRICULTURAL, FOREST, AND ORNAMENTAL PLANTS Title: The Aventiinae, Boletobiinae, Eublemminae, Pangraptinae, Phytometrinae, and Scolecocampinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Erebidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, U.S.A.

Author
item Pogue, Michael

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: November 3, 2011
Publication Date: January 6, 2012
Citation: Pogue, M.G. 2012. The Aventiinae, Boletobiinae, Eublemminae, Pangraptinae, Phytometrinae, and Scolecocampinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Erebidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, U.S.A. Zootaxa. 3153:1-31.

Interpretive Summary: Cutworm moths are major agricultural pests causing billions of dollars of damage annually. Twenty-five species representing six subfamilies of moths have been documented in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Several species from these six subfamilies are known to be pests on numerous forest trees and shrubs. These include new records and georeferenced distributional data for GSMNP. This information will be useful for the biological inventory and educational programs being conducted within GSMNP and in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina school districts, and for land management decisions within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Technical Abstract: Twenty-five species of Erebidae are documented from Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) from the following subfamilies: Aventiinae (1 species), Boletobiinae (7 species), Eublemminae (1 species), Pangraptinae (2 species), Phytometrinae (6 species), and Scolecocampinae (8 species). Each species is documented with an adult image, description/diagnosis, flight period, park distribution, abundance, elevational range, general distribution, and larval hosts. The most common (155 specimens) and widespread (40 localities) species was Pangrapta decoralis Hübner. Scolecocampa liburna (Geyer) is the next most common (87 specimens) and widespread (30 localities). The most species rich locality was the combination of the 11 localities along the Foothills Parkway, Cocke Co., Tennessee.

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