Crambus whitmerellus and C. leachellus

Eric H. Metzler spruance at
Thu Jan 24 08:20:18 EST 2002


The two are easy to tell apart.  They don't look much alike.  You may 
have only one or the other of the two species, and the series may be 
mixed with other species that are more similar to either of the two you 

leachellus is a tan moth with a single broad subcoastal white stripe. 
It looks most like watsonellus but with a wider tan costal marking.  The 
hind wing is not too dark.

whitmerellus is brown.  The multiple white markings are more reminiscent 
of agitatellus.  There is a very narrow coastal white stripe and a 
broader white subcoastal white stripe.  There are a few white markings 
in the subterminal area, and a distinctive apical mark of 
white,dark,white pattern.  The hind wing is dark.

Good luck.

Eric Metzler in Columbus Ohio

Charles Bird wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am in a quandry as to how to distinguish Crambus whitmerellus from C. 
> leachellus. If any of you know how to do this, I would be grateful if 
> you would let me know. I would be especially grateful of scans of the 
> two or information on where I can see scans. We apparently have both of 
> them here in central Alberta and I have a good series of what could be 
> either one or both of these two.
> Charley
> Charles Bird, Box 22, Erskine, Alberta, Canada, T0C 1G0
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