Hypena opulenta

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Hypena opulenta
Hypena opulenta, adult
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Hypena
Species: H. opulenta
Binomial name
Hypena opulenta
(Christoph, 1877)
  • Bomolocha opulenta Christoph 1877

Hypena opulenta is a moth in the Noctuidae family. It is found in Ukraine. In 2013, the moth larva was approved for release in North America to act as a bio-control for the invasive plant Vincetoxicum rossicum also known as dog-strangling vine or swallowwort.[1]


  1. ^ "New Biological Agent to Fight Invasive Weed". Science Daily. September 27, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  • Weed, A.S. & Casagrande, R.A. (2010) Biology and larval feeding impact of Hypena opulenta (Christoph) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae): A potential biological control agent for Vincetoxicum nigrum and V. rossicum. Biological Control, 53, 214–222.
  • Hazlehurst, A.F., Weed, A.S., Tewksbury, L. & Casagrande, R.A. (2012) Host specificity of Hypena opulenta: a potential biological control agent of Vincetoxicum in North America. Environmental Entomology, 41, 841–848.