Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Grass webworm or pale sod-webworm
Herpetogramma licarsisalis (Walker, 1859)

Family: Crambidae
Identification: Adults have fawn wings with rows of indistinct dark spots.
Wing Span: 2.0 cm
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: Various grasses of the family Poaceae and Asystasia gangetica
Adult Food:
Range: Most of the old world tropics, including New Zealand, Hong Kong and Queensland. It is an introduced species in many other parts of the world, including Hawaii and the Canary Islands, as well as India and Sri Lanka
Management Needs:

Pollinator Week was June 20-26, 2022!

Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.