Lafontaine Donald's research while affiliated with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and other places

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An annotated check list of the North American species of Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) is presented, consisting of 3693 species. One-hundred and sixty-six taxonomic changes are proposed, consisting of 13 species- group taxa accorded species status (stat. n. and stat. rev.), 2 revalidated genus-group taxa (stat. rev.), and 2 family-group taxa raised to s...
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Seven species of Marimatha Walker are examined, five of which occur in North America. In addition to the existing species M. nigrofimbria (Guenee), M. tripuncta (Moschler) is reported from North America for the first time and three new species are described from southwestern North America: M. piscimala, M. squala, and M. quadrata. Marimatha albofla...
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A new species of Baniana Walker related to B. gobar Druce is described from Arizona and Costa Rica and the status of Baniana, Anoba Walker, and the Anobinae are discussed. Adults and/or genitalia of Anoba trigonoides Walker, Anoba sp. trigonoides group, Baniana significans Walker, B. minor sp. n., B. gobar, and Deinopa delinquens (Walker) are illus...
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The taxonomic status of the 138 species of Acontiinae are reviewed and assigned to seven genera, Ponometia Herrich-Schaffer, Tarache Hubner, Acontia Ochsenheimer, Eusceptis Hubner, Pseudalypia H. Edwards, Spragueia Grote, and Trogotorna Hampson. A key to the genera, diagnoses of the genera, species groups of Tarache, illustrations of adults and gen...
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The three known North American species of Bryolymnia Hampson, 1908 are reviewed and three additional species are described as new. Two additional species, Elaphria ensina (Barnes, 1907) and Cryphia viridata (Harvey, 1876) are transferred to Bryolymnia as new combinations. The North American species are compared with related species in Central Ameri...
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Two new species of Euxoa Hubner are described from northern and western Canada: Euxoa apopsis Troubridge & Lafontaine, related to E. macleani McDunnough, and E. muldersi Lafontaine & Hensel, related to E. churchillensis McDunnough. Euxoa chimoensis Hardwick, stat. rev., is recognized as a valid species rather than as a subspecies of Euxoa macleani....
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The genus Hypotrix Guenee, 1852 is synonymized with Trichorthosia Grote, 1883, Proteinania Hampson, 1905, Ursogastra Smith, 1906, and Trichagrotis McDunnough, [1929]. Four species are transferred from the genus Hexorthodes McDunnough [Hypotrix trifascia (Smith, 1891), comb. n., H. alamosa (Barnes, 1904), comb. n., T. hueco (Barnes, 1904), comb. n.,...
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The North American species of Lasionycta Aurivillius are revised to include 43 species and 13 subspecies using traditional methods and mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (CO1) DNA sequence (barcode) analysis. Seven species-groups are recognized, and one group is further divided into seven sub-groups. Seventeen species and six subspecies of...
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A new species of a noctuid moth in the genus Lithophane is described and illustrated. Lithophane abita Brou & Lafontaine, sp. n. is known from the mid-Atlantic coastal states southward to Florida and the Gulf Coast states.
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The six species of the Acontia areli group are examined. In addition to the existing species A. areletta, A. areli, and A. areloides, three new species are described from southwestern North America: A. toddi sp. n., A. geminocula sp.n., and A. albifusa sp.n.. A key to species, descriptions, illustrations of adults and genitalia, and distribution ma...
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This issue of ZooKeys marks the first of several planned volumes entitled “Contributions to the Systematics of New World Macro-Moths,” initiated as a compilation of alpha-taxonomic based projects on the New World macro-moths. The focus of this series will be the North American noctuoid and geometrid fauna, although several additional manuscripts on...

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... We identified moths of the tribe Arctiini following the keys of Lafontaine and Schmidt (2010) and Dowdy et al. (2020). The current tribe classification divides the Arctiini into seven subtribes: Arctiina, Spilosomina, Phaegopterina, Pericopina, Callimorphina, Euchromiina, and Ctenuchina (Lafontaine and Schmidt 2010;Dowdy et al. 2020). ...
... Hypotrix Guenée is a moderately large genus of New World moths distributed from the American Southwest to South America. The thirteen previously known species in the United States were revised less than a decade ago (Lafontaine et al. 2010). The genus is diverse, both in external appearance and structure, and is difficult to define concisely. ...
... The larva and host plant of Chloronycta tybo are described here for the first time. The larval description under Agriopodes tybo in Powell and Opler (2009), based on an account by J. A. Comstock, actually refers to Comstock’s (1957) description of Agriopodes viridata (Harvey), now placed in the genus Bryolymnia (Noctuinae, Elaphriini; Lafontaine et al. 2010). ...
... This species is also present in mainland southern California and Baja California (Moth Photographers Group 2020), but it has not been reported from the Channel Islands. The larval host on Isla Guadalupe (and elsewhere) is unknown, but possibly includes species of Malvaceae (Lafontaine & Poole 2010) which are available on the island as mentioned earlier. ...
... I identified this species from the NHMUK series, which includes material from Trinidad (Kaye and Lamont 1927) and confirmed this from Ferris and Lafontaine (2010). Sookdeo and Cock (2017) illustrate this species from Huevos Island. ...
... muffula ♀ Parrylands Oilfield, at MV light, 25.vii.1981. Following the introduction of the tribe Anobini (type genus Anoba) by Holloway (2005), Lafontaine and Walsh (2010) raised it to subfamily Anobinae Holloway, 2005, and pointed out that the New World generic classification based on Anoba Walker, 1858, Baniana Walker, 1858, Deinopa Walker, 1856and Lephana Walker, 1866 is very confused. They stated that 'In all genera of Anobinae the head and prothoracic collar are dark and contrast with the color of the thorax, and the middle of the male valva has a lightly sclerotized "window," usually in the same area as the clasper. ...
... Lasionycta sasquatch Crabo & Lafontaine (Noctuidae) (Fig. 97) is a Pacific Northwest endemic moth that was only known from a few specimens at the time of its description (Crabo & Lafontaine 2009). In 2009 and 2010, more than a dozen freshly emerged individuals were collected at the site, including several females. ...
... The changes in the Acontiinae from the earlier checklist (Franclemont and Todd 1983) include removing the tribe Cydosiini to the subfamily Cydosiinae and raising the rank of the tribe Eustrotiini to subfamily. In addition to these changes there have been several generic reassignments in the Acontiinae (Lafontaine and Poole 2010) and Eustrotiinae (Ueda 1984Ueda , 1987 Lafontaine and Schmidt 2010; Ferris and Lafontaine 2009). The Acontiinae are mostly small moths, many of which are camouflaged as bird droppings. ...
... At present, the genus includes 78 described species and subdivided into 2 subgenera: Lithophane and Prolitha Berio, 1980(Poole, 1989Ronkay et al., 2001;Lafontaine & Schmidt, 2010;2015). Many species of the genus were described in last three decades (Hreblay & Ronkay, 1999;Troubridge, 2006;Brou & Lafontaine, 2009;Walsh, 2009;Ronkay et al., 2010;Benedek et al., 2013). ...