Moths of North Carolina
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5 NC Records

Crambus leachellus (Zincken, 1818) - Leach's Grass-veneer Moth

Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: CrambinaeTribe: CrambiniP3 Number: 800945.00 MONA Number: 5357.00
Comments: One of 42 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Scholtens and Solis, 2015), eleven of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Head and thorax brassy brown; the sides of the palps are ashy gray; and the ground color of the forewings is golden fuscous (Fernald, 1896). The silver streak on the forewing is undivided and quite broad, leaving only a slight brown edge along the costa in the anterior part of the wing. Praefectellus is similar but has a wider brown stripe along the costa.
Wingspan: 24-30 mm (Fernald, 1896)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S3S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Crambus leachellus - Leach's Grass-veneer Moth

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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2017-10-19
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2012-10-15
Cabarrus Co.