Moths of North Carolina
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20 NC Records

Crambus saltuellus Zeller, 1863 - Pasture Grass-veneer Moth

Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: CrambinaeTribe: CrambiniP3 Number: 800951.00 MONA Number: 5363.00
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
Species Status: This species was regarded as a synonym of agitatellus by Fernald (1896) and Forbes (1923). However, it is considered a valid species by Scholtens and Solis (2015).
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
Adult Markings: The silver stripe on the forewing is divided by a band of yellowish-brown; a separate white patch is located just before the subterminal line; double black lines extend from the base to the subterminal line close to the inner margin in some individuals. Very similar to agitatellus but more strongly marked, especially in the darker line that divides the silver stripe
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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State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Crambus saltuellus - Pasture Grass-veneer Moth

Photos: 9

Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson, Brian Bockhahn on 2022-06-07
Moore Co.
Recorded by: Stefanie Hedrick on 2022-06-06
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Bo Sullivan and Steve Hall on 2021-06-08
Scotland Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-05
Madison Co.
Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, K. Kittelberger on 2015-06-18
Avery Co.
Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger, P. Scharf on 2015-06-18
Watauga Co.
Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger, P. Scharf on 2015-06-17
Caldwell Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2014-06-08
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Doug Blatny / Jackie Nelson on 2011-10-22
Ashe Co.