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Species Crocidophora serratissimalis - Sawtoothed Crocidophora - Hodges#4944

Illinois  Data Point - Crocidophora serratissimalis Sawtoothed Crocidophora? - Crocidophora serratissimalis Yellow Moth with Tan Wavy Patterns - Crocidophora serratissimalis Moth - Crocidophora serratissimalis Herpetogramma - Crocidophora serratissimalis - male 20180725-SEP_7419 - Crocidophora serratissimalis Crambidae - Crocidophora serratissimalis Crocidophora serratissimalis
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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 Pyraustinae
Genus Crocidophora
Species serratissimalis (Sawtoothed Crocidophora - Hodges#4944)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Angelic Crocidiphora Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Crocidophora serratissimalis Zeller, 1872
Botis subdentalis Grote, 1873
Explanation of Names
serratissimalis: from the Latin "serratus", past participle of "serrare" (to saw); serrate means notched on the edge like the teeth of a saw, perhaps referring to the shape of the distinctive subterminal line, and is the origin of the suggested common name Sawtoothed Crocidophora
wingspan 18-25 mm
Adult: forewing dull yellow with brown PM line having prominent outward bulge near middle, and conspicuously toothed subterminal line; hindwing paler and with arc-shaped PM line that has no bulge
See Forbes (1923) (1)

Quebec and New England to South Carolina, west to Manitoba and supposedly Texas but the name does not appear on these lists from Texas [1, 2, 3]; type specimen collected in Massachusetts
adults fly from June to September
larvae have been reared on Rice Cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides)
See Also
Pale-winged Crocidophora (C. tuberculalis) forewing PM line lacks prominent outward bulge near middle, and subterminal line not conspicuously toothed (compare images of these and similar species by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Print References
Forbes, T.M. 1923. The Lepidoptera of New York and neighboring states, primitive forms Microlepidoptera, Pyraloids, Bombyces. Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station. Memoir. 68: 552(1)
Grote, A. R. 1873: Kleiner Beitrag zur Kenntnis einiger Nordamerikanischer Lepidoptera. Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Science. 1: 173 (Botis subdentalis)
Zeller, P. C. 1872: Beiträge zur Kenntnis der nordamerikanischen Nachtfalter, besonders der Microlepidopteren. Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 22: 521
Internet References
live adult images plus description, flight season, larval foodplant (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
presence in South Carolina; list (The Dominick Collection, U. of South Carolina)
Works Cited
1.The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States
William T.M. Forbes. 1923. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Memoir 68.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems