Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agriphila vulgivagellus (Clemens, 1860)
* Phylogenetic sequence #161000.
11 species occur in America north of Mexico. (MPG checklist)
Adult: head with long hairy "snout"; forewing dull yellowish with brown speckling between veins, giving streaked appearance to wing; no AM, PM, or ST lines; terminal line composed of seven black dots; fringe gold or bronze but may look black at certain angles and/or in certain light.
Quebec and New England to Florida, west to Texas, north to Alberta.
Grasslands, fields, gardens; adults are attracted to light.
Adults fly from August to October.
Larvae feed on grass, wheat, rye, and other grains. [Fernald 1896]
One generation per year; overwinters as an immature larva.
Larvae are a serious agricultural pest in some areas.
Lesser Vagabond Sod Webworm
) has a median line represented by a diagonal smear or diffuse smudge (sometimes faint) across the veins, and a subterminal (ST) line that may be indistinct and incomplete but usually visible
) has an angled, silvery-gray subterminal line, and a terminal line composed of a thin black line near the apex, and three black dots near the anal angle
in the great plains/prairies and westward, Agriphila plumbifimbriella
is very similar but has a thin dark ST line that angles sharply near the costa and extends toward the base a considerable distance before touching the costa
Moth Photographers Group
- range map, living and pinned adults.
pinned and live adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image
(John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
pinned adult image
(David Smith, Furman U., South Carolina)
including habitat, flight season, description, food plants, distribution, pinned adult image (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
presence in Florida; list
(Michael Thomas, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)