Moths of North Carolina
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Elophila obliteralis
Waterlily Leafcutter Moth
MONA_number: 4755.00
"Females of tinealis and males of obliteralis can be confused. Need to know size and sex" (Scholtens, 2017)............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Nomophila nearctica
Lucerne Moth
MONA_number: 5156.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Oligia modica
Black-banded Brocade Moth
MONA_number: 9404.00
One of twelve species that are currently placed in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), two of which have been recorded in North Carolina. Lafontaine and Schmidt (2010), however, consider true Oligia to be an Old World genus, with all New World species now placed in this genus needing to be re-assigned.............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Euplexia benesimilis
American Angle Shades Moth
MONA_number: 9545.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Homochlodes disconventa
MONA_number: 6813.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Filatima pseudacaciella
Dusky-backed Filatima Moth
MONA_number: 2169.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Archips fervidana
Oak Webworm Moth
MONA_number: 3655.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Acleris nivisellana
Snowy-shouldered Acleris Moth
MONA_number: 3510.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Catocala grynea
Woody Underwing
MONA_number: 8864.00
One of 103 species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2015), 67 of which have been recorded in North Carolina. Included by Barnes and McDunnough (1918) in their Group XVII (also adopted by Forbes, 1954), which feed mainly on members of the Rosaceae; 12 other members of this group (as redefined by Kons and Borth, 2015b) also occur in North Carolina.A medium-sized Underwing moth, with gray-green forewings and yellow and black banded hindwings. The forewings are a uniform gray-green color, with a contrasting streak of reddish-brown running along ............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Dioryctria disclusa
Webbing Coneworm Moth
MONA_number: 5847.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Antaeotricha leucillana
Pale Gray Bird-dropping Moth
MONA_number: 1014.00
Separable from schlaegeri based on wing length measurements; photos must contain a size reference, such as a coin............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Crambidia cephalica
Yellow-headed Lichen Moth
MONA_number: 8053.00
One of ten named species in this genus that occur in North America, of which six been recorded in North Carolina (several others are still undescribed).All white except for yellow shading on the head, which easily separates it from the two other white Crambidias, casta and pura, which have completely white heads. ...Our records from the Piedmont come from mafic glades and from lakeshores. In the Mountains, records come from cove forests....Like most Lithosiines, probably feeds on lichens, bark algae, and Cyanobacteria (Covell, 1984; Wagner, 2005)....Comes abundantly to blacklights but has not been recorded at bait...Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public landsG4 [SU]It is not clear if any of the populations we have in North Carolina represent true cephalica or if all represent the same undescribed species found in other areas (i.e., Crambidia sp. 3 nr. cephalica)...
Anicla illapsa
Snowy Dart Moth
MONA_number: 10903.00
One of fifteen species in this genus that occur in North American north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt), six of which have been recorded in North Carolina............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Antaeotricha schlaegeri
Schlaeger's Fruitworm Moth
MONA_number: 1011.00
Separable from leucillana based on wing length measurements; photos must contain a size reference, such as a coin............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Caloptilia azaleella
Azalea Leafminer Moth
MONA_number: 592.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Eulithis explanata
White Eulithis Moth
MONA_number: 7206.00
One of fourteen species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016), five of which have been recorded in North Carolina......Feeds on Blueberries (Wagner et al., 2002)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Zanclognatha pedipilalis
Grayish Zanclognatha Moth
MONA_number: 8348.00
One of thirteen species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010; 2013; Wagner and McCabe, 2011), all of which have been recorded in North Carolina............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Paectes oculatrix
Eyed Paectes Moth
MONA_number: 8957.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Synchlora frondaria
Southern Emerald Moth
MONA_number: 7059.00
One of eight species in this genus that occur north of Mexico (Ferguson, 1985), two of which are found in North Carolina.This species and Synchlora aerata are both small, bright green Emeralds, with narrow white antemedian and postmedian lines, a dorsal white stripe on the abdomen, and with little or no red on the wings...Most of our records come from open, forb-rich habitats. These include old fields and disturbed areas but also natural habitats such as maritime dunes and marshes; Longleaf Pine savannas, flatwoods, a...Both of our species of Synchlora are polyphagous, feeding on the flowers and seed heads of many species of herbaceous plants. Composites may be favored, with several species listed by Ferguson (1985)....Comes well to blacklights but we have no records from bait or flowers....Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 [S5]This species is widespread, polyphagous on a extensive range of common plants, and occupies a broad set of habitats, including disturbed areas. Consequently, it appears to be secure within our state....
Venusia comptaria
Brown-shaded Carpet Moth
MONA_number: 7428.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Hypena sordidula
Sordid Bomolocha
MONA_number: 8448.00
One of 29 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010). Fifteen species have been recorded in North Carolina.............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Acasis viridata
Olive-and-black Carpet Moth
MONA_number: 7635.00
A Laurentine genus of 5 species that are widely dispersed across much of the Northern Hemisphere. A single species occurs in North America, including the mountains of North Carolina.The small size and greenish color (which fades in pinned specimens) will allow identification of this species. Some species of Eupithecia appear greenish but the hue is different and the wing shape i...Our records all appear to come from moist, fairly high elevation forests (from about 3000 upward). This is consistent with the distribution of V. cassinoides, which Weakley (2015) describes as assoc...Forbes (1948) lists Northern Wild Raisin (Viburnum cassinoides) as the foodplant but other species of Viburnum are suspected to be acceptable....This species is clearly attracted to light but not likely to come to bait or flowers. The small size of adults probably results in it being overlooked often in light trap catches....Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR [SU]We have very few records for this species, which appears to be fairly specialized in terms of its habitats. The cool, moist, montane habitats that this species occupies are likely to be highly vulnera...
Microcrambus biguttellus
Gold-stripe Grass-veneer Moth
MONA_number: 5419.00
"Often confused with Crambus albellus" (Scholtens, 2017) ............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Herpetogramma pertextalis
Bold-feathered Grass Moth
MONA_number: 5275.00
"An indication of size can be valuable" (Scholtens, 2017)............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Acronicta morula
Ochre Dagger
MONA_number: 9236.00
One of 76 species in this genus found in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2011, 2015), 44 of which have been recorded in North Carolina. Morula is a member of Species Group II of Forbes (1954), which includes 17 additional species in North Carolina.............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Petrophila fulicalis
4777-79 Petrophila sp. grp.
MONA_number: 4777.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Dichomeris furia
MONA_number: 2291.40
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Zelleria retiniella
MONA_number: 2431.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Caloptilia bimaculatella
MONA_number: 595.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Cenopis directana
Chokecherry Leafroller Moth
MONA_number: 3722.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Coleophora atromarginata
American Pistol Casebearer Moth
MONA_number: 1257.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Protapamea danieli
Daniel's Cane Borer
MONA_number: 9454.20
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Amphipoea americana
American Ear Moth
MONA_number: 9457.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Protapamea unidentified species
MONA_number: 9454.31
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Udea rubigalis
Celery Leaftier Moth
MONA_number: 5079.00
......Polyphagous, feeding on a wide variety of greenhouse and field crop herbaceous species (Allyson, 1984)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Herpetogramma aeglealis
Serpentine Webworm Moth
MONA_number: 5280.00
......Larvae recorded on Goldenrod, Rasberry, and ferns (Solis, 2010)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Protoboarmia porcelaria
Porcelain Gray Moth
MONA_number: 6598.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Protapamea louisae
Louisa's Cane Borer
MONA_number: 9454.30
One of two species in this recently described genus (Quinter, 2009), both of which occur solely in eastern North America and have been recorded in North CarolinaA medium-sized Noctuid. The two species of Protapamea are very similar in overall forewing pattern, but the ground color is typically much darker in P. louisae and less warm brown than in danieli, wi...The habitat and species of cane where Franclemont collected his specimen is unknown, but he also collected specimens of Cherokeea attakullakula, another cane-feeding species, in the same general area....Stenophagous, feeding on species of Cane (Arundinaria spp.) (Quinter, 2009)...Except for the specimen collected by Franclemont in North Carolina (now apparently missing), no adults of this species have been collected or observed in the wild; all information on the adults has, i...Listed as Significantly Rare by the Natural Heritage Program. That designation, however, does not confer any legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR SHDespite fairly intensive sampling that has been conducted in canebrake habitats in North Carolina, including in the Mountains, Protapamea lousisae has not been seen since Franclemont first found it in...
Epiblema brightonana
Brighton's Epiblema Moth
MONA_number: 3203.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Acleris ptychogrammos
MONA_number: 3509.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Varneria postremella
MONA_number: 6029.00
"Generally can tell with good photo, but very similar to V. atrifasciella, which is certainly present in the state" (Scholtens, 2017)............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Dinumma deponens
MONA_number: 8554.50
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Epiblema glenni
MONA_number: 3184.10
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Herpetogramma abdominalis
MONA_number: 5276.00
"An indication of size can be valuable" (Scholtens, 2017)............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Idaea obfusaria
Rippled Wave Moth
MONA_number: 7123.00
One of thirty species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016). Thirteen have been recorded in North Carolina.............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G4G5 [S4S5]...
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Catocala ultronia
Ultronia Underwing
MONA_number: 8857.00
One of 103 species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2015), 67 of which have been recorded in North Carolina. Included by Barnes and McDunnough (1918) in their Group XVII (also adopted by Forbes, 1954), which feed mainly on members of the Rosaceae; 12 other members of this group (as redefined by Kons and Borth, 2015b) also occur in North Carolina.............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Zomaria interruptolineana
Broken-line Zomaria Moth
MONA_number: 2750.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Polygrammodes flavidalis
Ironweed Root Moth
MONA_number: 5228.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Cerma cerintha
Tufted Bird-dropping Moth
MONA_number: 9062.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Catocala subnata
Youthful Underwing
MONA_number: 8797.00
One of 103 species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2015), 67 of which have been recorded in North Carolina. Included by Barnes and McDunnough (1918) in their Group VI (also adopted by Forbes, 1954). This groups comprises 15 species, all of which feed on Hickories or Walnuts (Juglandaciae). In addition to sunata, other members of this group that occur in North Carolina include retecta, dejecta, ulalume, insolabilis, myristica, vidua, maestosa, lachrymosa, palaeogama, nebulosa, and neogama.............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....