Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Loxostege cereralis (Zeller, 1872)
Eurycreon cereralis Zeller, 1872
Adult: forewing whitish or pale gray with several longitudinal black and brown streaks; whitish or pale yellow patch in median area near costa; subterminal area yellow, shaped liked an almost-flat triangle; fringe dark brownish-gray; hindwing gray with darker shading along veins, fringe pale gray
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (1)
Larva: body yellowish to dark green with broad light-colored stripe down back, and darker stripe parallel to light stripe
Quebec and New York to Georgia, west to California, north to British Columbia. (2)
also occurs in Mexico.
fields, gardens, waste places
Adults are most common from March to October.
larvae feed on alfalfa and a variety of other crops and weed species
overwinters as a larva or pupa; adults emerge in spring; 2-20 eggs are laid in overlapping groups on underside of leaves of hostplant
Beet Webworm Moth
) forewing is yellowish-brown without black longitudinal streaks, and hindwing has pale PM band.
Munroe, E., 1976. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 13.2a
. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 77; pl. 4, figs. 6-12, 36. (5)
Powell, J.A., & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press. pl. 22, fig. 39; p. 175. (6)
Zeller, 1872. Verh. z.-b. Ver. Wien. 1: 517.
pinned adult image
and comment on distribution (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
live larva image
plus biology and description of this and similar species (U. of California at Davis)
live adult images
plus description and foodplants (Lynn Scott, Ontario)