Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


Species Pyrausta rubricalis - Variable Reddish Pyrausta - Hodges#5051

which Pyrausta ? - Pyrausta rubricalis Pyrausta - Pyrausta rubricalis Pyrausta rubricalis red moth - Pyrausta rubricalis 5051 – Pyrausta rubricalis – Variable Reddish Pyrausta - Pyrausta rubricalis Pyrausta rubricalis? - Pyrausta rubricalis Moth - Pyrausta rubricalis Lake Crabtree leaf tier on Pycnanthemum D1695 adult 2019 2 - Pyrausta rubricalis
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Pyrausta
Species rubricalis (Variable Reddish Pyrausta - Hodges#5051)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pyrausta rubricalis (Hübner, 1796)
Pyralis rubricalis Hübner, 1796
Rhodaria nescalis Walker, 1859
Botys similalis Lederer, 1863
specific epithet misspelled "rubricallis" on many websites.
* phylogenetic sequence #151175
Sixty-two species are found in America North of Mexico.
*possibly several known species to be described
wingspan about 15 mm
Illinois to New York, south to Florida and Louisiana; also reported on the US west coast from southern California to Washington
adults fly from April to September in California
Print References
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (1)
Munroe, E., 1976. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 13.2b. p. 112; pl. 6.15.(2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photo of living Pyrausta rubricalis and related species.
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in New York; PDF doc list at James Ramsay Hunt Sanctuary (Steve Walter, New York)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in California reported by Robert Langston in Contra Costa County; search on species "rubricalis" (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 13.2B. Pyraloidea, Pyralidae (part), Pyraustinae, Pyraustini (conclusion)...
Munroe, Eugene. 1976. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.