dogbane saucrobotys moth

(Saucrobotys futilalis)

dogbane saucrobotys moth
  Hodges #

4936

 
 
Conservation Status
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Dogbane saucrobotys moth is a medium-sized crimbid moth. It occurs throughout the United States and in adjacent Canadian provinces. It is most common east of the Great Plains. It is common but probably underreported in Minnesota. It is easily recognized by the conspicuous nest the larvae creates on its host plant.

Adults are triangle-shaped and ½ to 9 16 (13 to 14 mm) long. The forewings are 9 16 to (14 to 16 mm) long and powdery tan to orange. The antemedial and postmedial lines are slightly darker and scalloped.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: ½ to 9 16 (13 to 14 mm)

Forewing Length: 9 16 to (14 to 16 mm)

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

 

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

May to July

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

Larvae create conspicuous nests by weaving together leaves of host plants.

Adults are active at night and will come to lights. The wings are held flat when at rest.

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Milkweeds, including butterfly weed, and dogbanes, including Indian hemp

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 21, 29, 30, 71.

 
  7/27/2020      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Widespread and common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Suborder

Glossata  
 

Infraorder

Neolepidoptera  
  Parvorder Heteroneura  
  No Rank Ditrysia  
  No Rank Obtectomera  
 

Superfamily

Pyraloidea (pyralid and crambid snout moths)  
 

Family

Crambidae (crambid snout moths)  
 

Subfamily

Pyraustinae  
 

Genus

Saucrobotys  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

dogbane saucrobotys moth (Saucrobotys futilalis futilalis)

dogbane saucrobotys moth (Saucrobotys futilalis inconcinnalis)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Botis crocotalis

Botis erectalis

Botis festalis

Botys futilalis

Botys inconcinnalis

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

dogbane pyralid moth

dogbane saucrobotys

dogbane saucrobotys moth

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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  Dogbane Saucrobotys Moth (Crambidae: Saucrobotys futilalis) Dorsal View
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About

Aug 19, 2011

Photographed at Fisher, Minnesota (19 August 2011). Thank you to Maury Heiman (@Bugguide.net) for identifying this specimen!

 
  Capital Naturalist: Dogbane Webworms
Capital Naturalist
 
   
 
About

Jul 12, 2017

Dogbane Webworms feed as their name suggests on dogbane. They are also called Dogbane Saucrobotys moths.

 
       

 

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