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Species Fissicrambus mutabilis - Changeable Grass-veneer - Hodges#5435

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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 Fissicrambus
Species mutabilis (Changeable Grass-veneer - Hodges#5435)
Hodges Number
5435
Other Common Names
Striped Sod Webworm (larva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Fissicrambus mutabilis (Clemens, 1860)
Crambus mutabilis Clemens, 1860
Synonym: Crambus fuscicostellus Zeller, 1863
Explanation of Names
Mutabilis from a Latin word "mutare" meaning changeable. This explains the origin of the common name Changeable Grass-veneer.
Size
Wingspan about 17 mm.
Larva to about 20 mm.
Identification



Range
Heppner (2003) reported the range to include New York to Florida, Illinois to Texas. (1)
McAlpine et al (2010) includes Prince Edward Island to Quebec.(2)
Habitat
Lawns, golf courses, grassy areas; adults may be flushed from grass during the day but are crepuscular/nocturnal and come to light.
Season
The main flight period is April to September. (3)
Heppner (2003) reported adults January to December in Florida. (1)
Food
The larvae feed on grasses at night.
Life Cycle
Two generations per year; overwinters as a partly-grown larva.
Remarks
Beadle & Leckie (2012) stated the adults "Rests in a headstand position." (4)
There are many publications online concerning the pest status of turf management.
See Also
         
Works Cited
1.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
2.Assessment of species diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone
McAlpine D.F., Smith I.M. (eds.). 2010. Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press). 785 pp.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
6.Butterflies of North America