Caterpillars of this species of Crambid Snout Moth eat the fronds of Christmas ferns. Adults are on wing from May through early autumn. They can be found in darker, shady areas of forests.
Details of the:
Crambid Snout Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common name: Crambid Snout Moth
Scientific Name: Herpetogramma sphingealis
Size (Adult, Length): 31mm to 37mm (1.22in to 1.46in)
Identifying Colors: brown, orange, tan, black
Additional Descriptors: lines, spot, flying, shiny, metallic, sheen, luster
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; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico
* 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.