The length of the forewings is 12–14 mm for males and 13–16 mm for females. The forewings are brown with a white strip from the wing base to near the apex. The hindwings are grey-brown. Adults have been recorded on wing from April to May and in September.
In food and drink
The larvae are one of the species used to put into mezcal. In Spanish, they are known as chilocuil, chinicuil, or tecol and have been traditionally used as food in Mexican cuisine. The caterpillars are also known as gusanos rojos, giving its name to a popular brand of mezcal; they are one of the two kinds of "worms" placed in bottles of mezcal, giving a unique color and flavor to the drink. The other, less appreciated ones, are the larvae of the agave snout weevil, Scyphophorus acupunctatus.
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