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Species Crambus whitmerellus - Whitmer's Sod Webworm Moth - Hodges#5345

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Crambini (Grass-Veneers)
Genus Crambus
Species whitmerellus (Whitmer's Sod Webworm Moth - Hodges#5345)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Crambus whitmerellus Klots, 1942 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 159375
Explanation of Names
whitmerellus: named by the describer (Alexander Klots) for his friend Richard Whitmer of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
wingspan 21-27 mm
Adult: forewing yellowish-brown with two white patches in subterminal area, brown V-shaped subterminal line, and black terminal line broken into 4 black dots in lower half; narrow white strip along costa for almost half its length; silvery-white longitudinal median stripe widens towards apex and has scimitar-shaped tip, with tooth mid-way along lower margin of stripe; hindwing light grayish-brown with white fringe
[see original detailed description by Alexander Klots, linked to in Internet References section below]
Alaska to Quebec, south in the Rocky Mountains to Colorado and Utah. (2)
Native grassland areas; adults fly during the day and also come to light at night.
Adults are most common from June to August.
Larvae presumably feed on grasses.
page creation based on Brian Scholtens' identification of this image, as reported by Bob Patterson in email message
See Also
Eastern Grass-veneer (Crambus laqueatellus) forewing has a different-shaped subterminal line, lacks black dots in terminal line, and does not occur west of Texas and North Dakota.
Internet References
species account including pinned adult image by C.D. Bird, description, habitat, flight season, biology, foodplant, distribution (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
live adult image by R. Bercha, plus common name reference [Whitmer's Sod Webworm Moth] and other info (
presence in Ontario; list (NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
Works Cited
1.North American Crambus (Pyralididae) II new species.
Alexander B. Klots. 1942. American Museum Novitates 1191: .
2.Butterflies and Moths of the Yukon
J.D. Lafontaine & D.M. Wood. 1997. In: Danks H.V., Downes J.A. (Eds.), Insects of the Yukon. Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods), Ottawa: 787–86.