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Genus Saucrobotys

Caterpillar tent on Dogbane - Saucrobotys futilalis Unknown larvae - Saucrobotys futilalis Early instar dogbane saucrobotys caterpillars - Saucrobotys futilalis Dogbane Moth, larva - Saucrobotys futilalis Dusky Saucrobotys  - Saucrobotys fumoferalis Crambid Snout Moth? - Saucrobotys futilalis Crambidae: Saucrobotys fumoferalis - Saucrobotys fumoferalis Saucrobotys fumoferalis
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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 Saucrobotys
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Saucrobotys Munroe 1976. (Author = Eugene G. Munroe, Canadian)
Explanation of Names
From Greek saucro beautiful, graceful (1) plus Botys, another genus of Crambid moths in which these species were placed originally. (That name appears to be from the mythological Botis)
2 species in our area (2).
wingspan about 25 mm, based on photos by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing light yellowish-brown in S. futilalis, and dark gray or brown in S. fumoferalis; lines toothed, usually indistinct; wings normally held together (but not overlapping) over abdomen when at rest, forming a triangular shape as viewed from above
most of North America: Nova Scotia to Georgia, west to California, north to Yukon Territory
range of S. futilalis extends farther south, and range of S. fumoferalis extends farther north; the two species overlap in northern United States and southern Canada
boreal forest, mixed forests and woodlots in the south; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from late May to August
larvae of S. futilalis feed on dogbane (Apocynum spp.)
hostplant of S. fumoferalis unknown
Print References
Borror, entry for saucro (1)
Internet References
live and pinned adult images of S. futilalis and fumoferalis by various photographers, plus common name references (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult and live larva images of S. futilalis (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
distribution maps plus type specimen locations, references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico
Scholtens, B.G., Solis, A.M. 2015. ZooKeys 535: 1–136. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.535.6086.