Species Details

Crambus ainsliellus

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SeasonalityAugust to September. IdentificationA medium sized Crambus (21-29 mm wingspan). Forewing yellowish-brown, discal silvery stripe broad, somewhat scimitar shaped, not crossed by dark brown lines and lacking a tooth of the underside of the stripe; lacking a sinuous white submedial line; also lacking a white patch beyond the stripe; wing base with costal brown area reduced to a single line. Hindwings grayish, fringe dirty white. The gnathos (uncus) of the male genitalia is narrow at base, broadening dorsally and appearing spoon shaped (Klots 1942). Close to Crambus leachellus which has the gnathos (uncus) of the male genitalia narrow throughout, the hindwings white; and the forewings with the subterminal area paler than the median area while the terminal line has five black dashes.

Scientific Name Crambus ainsliellus Habitat Grassland areas. Seasonality August to September. Identification
A medium sized Crambus (21-29 mm wingspan). Forewing yellowish-brown, discal silvery stripe broad, somewhat scimitar shaped, not crossed by dark brown lines and lacking a tooth of the underside of the stripe; lacking a…
A medium sized Crambus (21-29 mm wingspan). Forewing yellowish-brown, discal silvery stripe broad, somewhat scimitar shaped, not crossed by dark brown lines and lacking a tooth of the underside of the stripe; lacking a sinuous white submedial line; also lacking a white patch beyond the stripe; wing base with costal brown area reduced to a single line. Hindwings grayish, fringe dirty white. The gnathos (uncus) of the male genitalia is narrow at base, broadening dorsally and appearing spoon shaped (Klots 1942). Close to Crambus leachellus which has the gnathos (uncus) of the male genitalia narrow throughout, the hindwings white; and the forewings with the subterminal area paler than the median area while the terminal line has five black dashes.
Life History
Unknown. McDaniel et al (1984) state that Klots (pers. comm.) considered C. ainslieellus, like C. leachellus, to be almost continent-wide in distribution with ainslieellus being rare or uncommon; however, they found…
Unknown. McDaniel et al (1984) state that Klots (pers. comm.) considered C. ainslieellus, like C. leachellus, to be almost continent-wide in distribution with ainslieellus being rare or uncommon; however, they found ainsliellus to be the commoner of the two in western South Dakota.
Conservation A species that should be watched for, especially in the southern part of the province. Diet Info Unknown, but probably grass roots. Range
A North American species. Klots (1942) in describing the species, has it from British Columbia, Manitoba, Washington, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa and Maine. Reported for Alberta from the Lethbridge area by Bowman…
A North American species. Klots (1942) in describing the species, has it from British Columbia, Manitoba, Washington, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa and Maine. Reported for Alberta from the Lethbridge area by Bowman (1951) and collected in Edmonton by F. Sperling.

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"Species Details - Crambus ainsliellus, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-3310. Accessed 06 Feb. 2023.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Pyraloidea Family Crambidae Subfamily Crambinae Genus Crambus Species Crambus ainsliellus
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum