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    Crambid Snout Moth - (Herpetogramma sphingealis)

    Crambid Snout Moths vary in appearance, but Herpetogramma sphingealis goes a step further, looking different based on gender.

    Picture of Crambid Snout Moth
    Staff Writer (9/21/2017): Male Herpetogramma sphingealis moths are shaped somewhat like Sphinx moths with slightly elongated wings whereas females are more square-shaped. Both are a shade of brown with females having a paler, faded hue. A luster, or sheen, covers both sexes that gives the wings a glassy look. A pale spot at the outer edge of each forewing may be roughly bordered in dark brown. This species does not show clear lines crossing the body like its similar-looking relatives. The hindwings have white fringe near the body and the forewings have a spot of white on their fringe where they meet the hindwings. The rest of the fringe is brown. The ventral (belly) side of the moth is white.

    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.

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    Crambid Snout Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Crambid Snout Moth
    Scientific Name: Herpetogramma sphingealis

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Crambidae
           Genus: Herpetogramma
            Species: 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.

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