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Anotia kirkaldyi - No Common Name



© Ken Childs- side view

© Ken Childs- note wing pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAE
Identification
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Description: A colorful species, with a reddish-brown color pattern on the wings and body. While the wing venation is pale, this species can be differentiated from others by the bold, dark diagonal stripe along one of the veins. The outer edge of the wings has red markings, and the thorax and abdomen are reddish. There are 2 (or more) red marks on the sides of the head, around the eye. The antennal stubs are reddish-brown.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Primarily eastern United States; also Ontario (UDEL); this is one of the most common members of this genus.
Abundance: A handful of records from the Piedmont, possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Derbidae are known or assumed to feed on fungal hyphae as immatures (UDEL).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This genus can be difficult to identify, and some species vary in color, especially on the wings. A. bonnetii, kirkaldyi, and westwoodi are very similar.

This species can be separated from A. bonnetii with a clear image of the head markings. Bonnetii has broadly darkened wing venation and 2 fuscous markings on the head; in kirkaldyi, there is one especially dark wing vein (contrasting with the rest) and 2 red markings on the head. A. westwoodi has different head markings from kirkaldyi, with the vertex of westwoodi dark and the vertex of kirkaldyi pale.

Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Anotia kirkaldyi No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment: Mixed hardwood and pine habitat
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
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Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: Led lights on white sheet
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping. Grassy, weedy area near hardwoods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping. Grassy, weedy area near hardwoods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping. Grassy, weedy area near hardwoods.