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1 September 2014 Hypena opulenta (Erebidae): A European Species for the Biological Control of Invasive Swallow-Worts (Vincetoxicum spp.) in North America
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The moth Hypena opulenta (Christoph, 1877) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) was approved for release in eastern Canada and is pending approval in the United States of America as a biological control agent of the invasive European swallow-worts (Vincetoxicum spp.). Descriptions of the adult in Noctuidae Europeae do not accurately represent the color morph of the rearing colony so a new description is provided. Also for the first time the larva is described and illustrated and a simple key is provided that separates H. opulenta from most of the Hypena spp. in the Northeastern U.S.

Jim Young and Aaron S. Weed "Hypena opulenta (Erebidae): A European Species for the Biological Control of Invasive Swallow-Worts (Vincetoxicum spp.) in North America," The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 68(3), (1 September 2014). https://doi.org/10.18473/lepi.v68i3.a2
Received: 16 September 2013; Accepted: 8 January 2014; Published: 1 September 2014
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