Moths of North Carolina
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135 NC Records

Crambus agitatellus Clemens, 1860 - Double-banded Grass-veneer Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: CrambinaeTribe: CrambiniP3 Number: 800950.00 MONA Number: 5362.00
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
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Head and thorax are luteous; the palps are somewhat fuscous and white beneath (Fernald, 1896). The ground color of the forewings is ochraceous with orange streaks. The silver stripe is divided by a fine line of brown (sometimes faint or missing); a separate white patch is located just before the subterminal line and is bordered above and below with two dark and silver streaks along the veins. Another white spot is located between the main streak and the costa. Crambus saltuellus is very similar but has a more prominent brown stripe running through the silver stripe and has a larger number of dark and silver lines extending out from the upper portion of the silver stripe; in some individuals, dark streaks run along close to the inner margin from the base of the wing to the subterminal line (BugGuide, 2018).
Wingspan: 21 mm (Fernald, 1896)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: We have records from essentially all grass-containing in the state, including high elevation fens, Longleaf Pine sandridges, and suburban yards
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on grasses (Robinson et al., 2010)
Observation Methods: Comes well to blacklights
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Successional and Semi-Natural Grasslands
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Crambus agitatellus - Double-banded Grass-veneer Moth

109 photos are available. Only the most recent 30 are shown.

Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2022-08-09
Watauga Co.
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Recorded by: Stefanie Hedrick on 2022-08-03
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-30
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-07-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-26
Greene Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Lior Carlson, Becky Watkins, Richard Teper, Stephen Dunn on 2022-07-23
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-18
Chowan Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2022-07-15
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson, Stephen Dunn on 2022-07-15
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-14
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-07-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-07-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2022-06-28
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-28
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-26
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2022-06-22
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-06-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-20
Caswell Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-06-19
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson, Stephen Dunn on 2022-06-18
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-12
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L.M. Carlson, Becky Watkins on 2022-06-09
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-06-09
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2022-06-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-06-04
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson, Stephen Dunn on 2022-06-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-02
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-08-06
Madison Co.
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