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Crambid Snout Moth (Herpetogramma sphingealis)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Crambid Snout Moth, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 9/21/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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

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.

Crambid Snout Moth Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Lepidoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Crambidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Herpetogramma
       Arrow graphic Species: sphingealis

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 31 mm to 37 mm (1.209 inches to 1.443 inches)
Identifying Colors: brown, orange, tan, black
Additional Descriptors: lines, spot, flying, shiny, metallic, sheen, luster

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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