Species Details

Pyrausta socialis

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SeasonalityJuly to mid-August IdentificationForewings above deep reddish, or pinkish brown with well marked purplish luster, ST band dark, complete and conspicuous. Hindwings above whitish buff with a noticeable fuscous PM line. Females tend to have somewhat darker forewings. Wingspan 22-25 mm. The genitalia are described by Munroe (1976). Similar to Pyrausta fodinalis septentrionicola but P. socialis has forewings that are more intensely colored. Also, in P. socialis the uncus is distally truncate and lateral, thorn-like processes are lacking, while in Pyrausta fodinalis septentrionicola the uncus is rounded and lateral thorn-like processes are present.

Scientific Name Pyrausta socialis Habitat Prairie area Seasonality July to mid-August Identification
Forewings above deep reddish, or pinkish brown with well marked purplish luster, ST band dark, complete and conspicuous. Hindwings above whitish buff with a noticeable fuscous PM line. Females tend to have somewhat…
Forewings above deep reddish, or pinkish brown with well marked purplish luster, ST band dark, complete and conspicuous. Hindwings above whitish buff with a noticeable fuscous PM line. Females tend to have somewhat darker forewings. Wingspan 22-25 mm. The genitalia are described by Munroe (1976). Similar to Pyrausta fodinalis septentrionicola but P. socialis has forewings that are more intensely colored. Also, in P. socialis the uncus is distally truncate and lateral, thorn-like processes are lacking, while in Pyrausta fodinalis septentrionicola the uncus is rounded and lateral thorn-like processes are present.
Life History Unknown. Adults come to light Conservation Locally common, of no concern. Diet Info Unknown. The larvae may possibly feed on a species of mint. Range
Ontario west to British Columbia, south to Montana and Colorado (Munroe 1976). The Type Locality is probably near London, Ontario. Not reported for Alberta by Bowman (1951). Known in Alberta from Big Knife Provincial…
Ontario west to British Columbia, south to Montana and Colorado (Munroe 1976). The Type Locality is probably near London, Ontario. Not reported for Alberta by Bowman (1951). Known in Alberta from Big Knife Provincial Park, Buffalo Lake Conservation Area, Dry Island Provincial Park, McKenzie Crossing, Nevis, Tolman Bridge and Waterton Lakes National Park.

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"Species Details - Pyrausta socialis, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6269. Accessed 06 Feb. 2023.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Pyraloidea Family Crambidae Subfamily Pyraustinae Genus Pyrausta Species Pyrausta socialis
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