Noctua pronuba in USA

Jonathan Sylvestre Jonathan.Sylvestre at
Thu Jan 14 22:37:16 EST 1999

Dear Jo

I agree that pronuba is a very prolific species... This "new" problem
preoccupy me... Maybe this moth will enter in competition with other moths
or insects... I don't know which host plant this species "use" here, in
North America, but maybe this plant will suffer...I don't think that this
species is toxic or don't eaten by predator but the population of this
species increase rapidly. In the particularly hot summer we had here, in
1998, These moth were everywhere... The cold winter here not seem to be a
barrier... if you find any information, let me know...
If anyone have an opinion about that, IM sure that everybody would like to
hear it...


NJMoth at the.light a écrit dans le message
<369e8bbb.1536480 at>...
>In response to Jonathan (I am also Jonathan!) and any others out there
>with questions about this species: It is an introduced Old World
>(Palearctic) species, which was purportedly first introduced in Canada
>about 1994 or so, and has since been spreading throughout Eastern
>North America. In the US, it has been recorded from most of the
>Eastern Seaboard through New England, New York, New Jersey (I hold the
>first record of this species from NJ; it is now common here) and south
>to at least Delaware, and west to at least Pennsylvania and Ohio. This
>species is spreading at an incredibly fast rate, and unfortunately has
>pest potential; in Britain and other parts of Europe it is a pest on
>cultivated vegetable crops. It is also a prolific breeder and rather
>"aggressive" as evidenced by its rapid dispersal and colonization, and
>therefore I am concerned may threaten the stability of native species'
>populations. Further information and photos will be posted on my site,
>when that becomes ready for public viewing. No American/Canadian
>literature that I am aware of concerning Noctuidae or moths in general
>treats this species; it is too new of a phenomenon.

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