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Species Saucrobotys futilalis - Dogbane Saucrobotys - Hodges#4936

Dogbane Saucrobotys Moth Caterpillars - Saucrobotys futilalis Unknown Crambid? - Saucrobotys futilalis Cat-5 - Saucrobotys futilalis Moth - Saucrobotys futilalis Dogbane Moth larvae, feeding damage - Saucrobotys futilalis ? Noctuid - Saucrobotys futilalis Dogbane Saucrobotys? - Saucrobotys futilalis Hickory Tussock Moth larva    - Saucrobotys futilalis
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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
Species futilalis (Dogbane Saucrobotys - Hodges#4936)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Saucrobotys futilalis (Lederer, 1863)
Explanation of Names
Species name futilalis appears to be from Latin futilis, brittle, vain, worthless (Latin dictionary) plus -alis Latin "pertaining to" (1).
forewing length 14 - 16 mm (2)
Adults - obscurely patterned, powdery tan to orange having faint paler pattern (2)
from Northeast to British Columbia and south to Texas and California (2)
May-July, August (Maryland)
Life Cycle
Caterpillar feeds on dogbane, Apocynum species, including Apocynum cannabinum (Indian Hemp), and on milkweeds, Asclepias species, including butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa (Maryland Moths). Larvae make conspicuous silk nests on their host plant.

Life Cycle
1. early instar caterpillars. 2. caterpillars and webbing. 3. last instar caterpillar. 4. prepupa inside cocoon. 5. prepupa. 6. pupa. 7, 8. adults

PDF of life cycle by MJ Hatfield
Print References
Lederer, 1863 b: 372, pl. 10 fig. 1 (3)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Beitrag zur Kenntniss der Pyralidinen
Lederer, J. 1863. Wiener Entomologische Monatschrift 7(8, 10–12): 243–280, 331–504, pls 2–18.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems