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Species Microcrambus croesus - Hodges#5426

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Classification
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 Microcrambus
Species croesus (Microcrambus croesus - Hodges#5426)
Hodges Number
5426
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Microcrambus croesus Bleszynski, 1967
Size
Forewing length: 7.5 mm (1), i.e. large compared to most of the rest of the genus which have FW 5.0 to 6.5 mm.
Identification
The FWs are mostly silvery white with a dark brown curved patch on the dorsum, dark brown along the costal margin, and an oblique dark streak off the costa in the postmedian area. The subterminal line consists of a pair of (usually) obscure thin brown lines. The teriminal line is dark and continuous (not a series of dots).
Range
Western, central and southern Texas; Florida; Mexico. (2), (3), (4)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Season
The main flight periods appear to be April-May and August-October (MPG, iNaturalist records).
Heppner (2003) reports May; August in Florida. (4)
Food
The larval host is various grass species (Gramineae). (4)
See Also
Microcrambus elegans (left) and M. minor (right) both have much more brown shading on the FWs and the terminal line is a series of dots. Both species just barely range into E Texas, probably not overlapping with M. croesus.

Microcrambus kimballi also has the terminal line made up of dots rather than a continuous line.

Microcrambus polingi - AZ, range does not overlap.
Compare pinned specimens on Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Microcrambus croesus Bleszynski, 1967. Studies on the Crambinae (Lepidoptera). Part 44. New Neotropical Genera and Species. Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia. 12:88(1)
[The above-linked pdf of Bleszynski's paper is oddly formatted; it starts with p. 100 part way through his "Preliminary Checklist of Neotropical Crambidae", then has a series of grayscale plates (low quality), then finally back to the beginning of the article (p. 40), thence with the remainder of the article through text p. 99. As noted in the citation above, the description of M. croesus is on p. 88.]