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    Changeable Grass-Veneer - (Fissicrambus mutabilis)

    Long, furry antennae and a penchant for yoga are hallmarks of the Changeable Grass-Veneer Moth.

    Staff Writer (6/19/2017): The Changeable Grass-Veneer likes to rest in a position that resembles a downward-facing dog. Front legs are fully flattened on the surface and the wings of the moth rise up like a dog during a morning stretch. The brown wings have short zigzag lines on the posterior and the palps are furry extensions in front of the face, giving the appearance of a long nose or snout.

    Grass is a common place to find this type of moth because the worm-like larvae feed on the blades. They are considered lawn moths.They range from backyards and golf courses to plains and woodlands. Extensive feeding or large numbers of larvae damage turf, making them a pest to stadia, golf course and groundskeepers trying to keep a clean, uniform lawn. Such a nuisance are they that they have their own common name in their young life stage: Striped Sod Webworms.

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    Changeable Grass-Veneer

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Changeable Grass-Veneer
    Scientific Name: Fissicrambus mutabilis
    Other Names: Striped Sod Webworm, Lawn Moth

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Crambidae
           Genus: Fissicrambus
            Species: mutabilis

    Size (Adult, Length): 9mm to 12mm (0.35in to 0.47in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, ivory, tan

    Additional Descriptors: long, thin, hairy, flying, tilt, downward, rolled, antennae

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; British Columbia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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