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scientific name    Pediasia trisecta    

common name     Greater Sod Webworm

habitat
Grassland areas.

seasonality
July to September.

identification
A large crambid (23-33 mm wingspan). Forewings varying from brown to pale ochreous, lighter in the lower half, surface sprinkled with dark brown scales; with dark lines from the base through the cell and a dark area closer to the margin; with an oblique line from the cell to the apex; terminal line with 4-5 dark dots; fringes steel gray cut by four or five white lines. Hind wings light brown to pale grayish white, fringe whitish. Distinguished from the other Pediasia species by the combination of dark areas in the forewing and the lighter fringe which is cut by white lines. Worn specimens can be hard to identify. The male genitalia are illustrated in Landry (1995). Pediasia aridella edmontella also has white streaks in the fringe and outer margin of the forewing but it lacks the pronounced dark lines.

life history
The early stages have been described by Felt (1894) and Ainslie (1927). May be two brooded. It can cause economic damage to lawns.

conservation
Of no concern.

diet info
No local information, but said to be grass by Fernald (1896).

range
A North American species that is widespread across southern Canada and in the northern part half of the United States. In Alberta, it occurs throughout the prairies and the aspen parkland.

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http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=2921



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