Noctuidae - Cuculliinae - Dolocucullia


Dolocucullia dentilinea

Adult, male genitalia, aedoeagus, female genitalia, and external tympanal region


Dolocucullia Poole

Dolocucullia Poole, 1995, Moths of North America. Noctuoidea, Noctuidae (part), 26.1:71.

Dolocucullia is one of a group of three genera placed in the Cuculliinae without spines in the male vesica. The spines are replaced by sclerotized, often dentate, nodules. The other two genera are Opsigalea and Emariannia. These three genera are most diverse in Mexico and Central America, although species of Opsigalea reach as far south as northern Argentina and one species of Dolocucullia is known from the mountains of Peru. This group of genera is probably an offshoot of the line that gave rise to Cucullia because they share with Cucullia the same basic structure of the male valve, the same general vesica shape despite the absence of spines, and the same external tympanic structure. There are two major differences, however, between the female genitalia of Dolocucullia and Cucullia. First, the ductus seminalis arises from the caudal, not cephalad, end of the corpus bursae. Second, a sclerite is present between the two ovipositor lobes in Dolocucullia. This sclerite is found elsewhere in the trifid noctuids, but not in Cucullia.

Two species of Dolocucullia occur in the United States and a number of species, mostly undescribed, in Central and South America. Its center of development is in the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala. One species, Dolocucullia buddhae Walker, reaches as far south as Peru. The single other named included species is Dolocucullia emungens Draudt.

The larvae and their foodplants are unknown for all known species of Dolocucullia.

Included Species

Dolocucullia dentilinea

Dolocucullia minor