Moths of North Carolina
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Exelis pyrolaria
Fine-lined Gray Moth
MONA_number: 6478.00
......Larvae almost always found on Persimmon (J.B. Sullivan, pers. obs.)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G4 S4...
Eumarozia malachitana
Sculptured Moth
MONA_number: 2749.00
......Larvae have only been found on Persimmon in North Carolina, which is where adults are also usually recorded (J.B. Sullivan, pers. obs.)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR S3S4...
Astrotischeria astericola
MONA_number: 157.00
Astrotischeria astericola is one of 13 described species of Astrotischeria in North America. All species feed on members of the Asteraceae. The ground color of the forewings varies from clear bright ocher yellow to brownish ocherous and is sometimes dusted with brownish scales (Braun 1972). A band of larger scales extends diagonally acro...This species is generally thought to favor mesic to drier forests or forest edges that support native asters. ...Symphyotrichum cordifolium is widespread in mesic forests and forest edges in the Blue Ridge and appears to be the most important host plant based on records from outside of North Carolina. Ot...The adults do not appear to come to lights or bait traps. They are best obtained by collecting and holding leaves with leaf mines until the adults emerge....Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.We currently only have two records for this species in the state, but that is very likely due to lack of effective surveying efforts. The primary host plant, Symphyotrichum cordifolium, is ran...
Tlascala reductella
Tlascala Moth
MONA_number: 5808.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR S2S3...
Spiloloma lunilinea
Moon-lined Moth
MONA_number: 8769.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G4 S3S4...
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Heteropacha rileyana
Riley's Lappet Moth
MONA_number: 7685.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G4 S2S3...
Catocala minuta
Little Underwing
MONA_number: 8874.00
One of 103 species in this genus that occur in North America (Gall and Hawks, 2010; Kons and Borth, 2015a,b), 67 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.G5 S2S4...
Acrobasis carpinivorella
MONA_number: 5665.00
"All Acrobasis with a 3 are very tricky for ID. In some cases it requires close look at male antennae, in others a look at the underside of the wings in males. In some cases females cannot be distin...All of our records come from mesic montane forests, including cove forests, alluvial forests, and spruce-fir forests...Larvae feed on Ironwood (Robinson et al., 2010)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR S3S4...
Caripeta divisata
Gray Spruce Looper
MONA_number: 6863.00
A moderately sized New World genus with 15 species described from northern Mexico, Canada and the U.S. We have verified 3 species within the state; two more are reported from websites but we have not seen authenticated specimens.A medium-sized Geometrid with strongly marked brown-and-white forewings. Similar in size and pattern to other members of this genus but the forewings are dull brown without the red tint found in the ...We have records from essentially the entire spectrum of conifer-containing habitats in the mountains, from low elevation sites dominated by pines and hemlocks to the sites over 6,000' dominated by spr...While some of our species of Caripeta have caterpillars that may feed on pines, this species is apparently more associated with hemlocks, spruce, and fir (Wagner et al., 2001; Maeir et al., 2011). Thi...Adults come readily to lights but should not be expected at bait....Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 [S4S5]Although confined to the mountains, it occurs throughout that region and occupies a wide range of elevations and habitats. It still appears to be quite common, although that may change as stands of He...
Heliocheilus lupatus
Spotted Straw Moth
MONA_number: 11073.10
......Larvae feed on the flowers and seeds of Purpletop Tridens (Tridens flavus) and possibly other grasses (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR S3S4...
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Caenurgina erechtea
Forage Looper
MONA_number: 8739.00
......Larvae feed on grasses, legumes, and Ragweed (Robinson et al., 2010; Wagner et al., 2011). ......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
Coptodisca diospyriella
Persimmon Leaf Miner
MONA_number: 244.00
......Larvae are leaf miners of Persimmon (Robinson et al., 2010)......[GNR] SU...
Sannina uroceriformis
Persimmon Borer Moth
MONA_number: 2590.00
......Larvae are borers in Persimmon (Robinson et al., 2010)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.[GNR] SH...
Hypsoropha monilis
Large Necklace Moth
MONA_number: 8527.00
......Larvae feed on Persimmon (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S4S5...
Hypsoropha hormos
Small Necklace Moth
MONA_number: 8528.00
......Larvae feed on Persimmon (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
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Saucrobotys futilalis
Dogbane Saucrobotys Moth
MONA_number: 4936.00
......Larvae feed on Dogbane (Robinson et al., 2010)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR S3S5...
Acrocercops strigosa
MONA_number: 697.00
Acrocercops strigosa has pale brownish forewings with a series of seven oblique white lines that are roughly equidistant and parallel. The third line forks below the fold, and the fourth and fi...Little information is available on habitat preferences. Specimens from Madison Co. occur at a low-elevation, mixed conifer-hardwood forest with White Oak. White Oak and Chestnut Oak are primary host...The larvae feed on members of the white oak group and have been observed using both White Oak (Quercus alba) and Chestnut Oak (Q. montana) in North Carolina. ...The leaf mines can be located by searching the foliage of White Oaks or Chestnut Oaks after the leaves are fully formed in the spring. The foliage of oak seedlings or small saplings often have numero...Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.[GNR] [SU]...
Timandra amaturaria
Cross-lined Wave Moth
MONA_number: 7147.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S3S4...
Trichordestra legitima
Striped Garden Caterpillar Moth
MONA_number: 10304.00
......Larvae feed on many species of herbaceous plants, including asters, beans, Linaria, Dogbane, Goldenrod, grasses, Milkweeds (Wagner et al, 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S4S5...
Spragueia leo
Common Spragueia Moth
MONA_number: 9127.00
......Larvae feed mainly on Ragweeds (Ambrosia sp.); also reported on Bindweed (Convolvulus species) (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
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Spargaloma sexpunctata
Six-spotted Gray Moth
MONA_number: 8479.00
......Larvae feed on Dogbane (Wagner, et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S4S5...
Schinia trifascia
Three-lined Flower Moth
MONA_number: 11149.00
One of 126 species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2011), the majority of which occur in the West; 25 have been recorded in North Carolina.......Larvae feed on several species of Eupatorium, including Thoroughwort, Joe Pye Weeds, and Bonesets (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S4S5...
Schinia nundina
Goldenrod Flower Moth
MONA_number: 11177.00
One of 126 species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2011), the majority of which occur in the West; 25 have been recorded in North Carolina.......Larvae feed on Goldenrods (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S4S5...
Schinia rivulosa
Ragweed Flower Moth
MONA_number: 11135.00
One of 126 species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2011), the majority of which occur in the West; 25 have been recorded in North Carolina.......Larvae feed on Ragweeds, especially Annual Ragweed (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
Schinia arcigera
Arcigera Flower Moth
MONA_number: 11128.00
One of 126 species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2011), the majority of which occur in the West; 25 have been recorded in North Carolina.......Polyphagous, feeding on several forb species, including Asters, Camphorweeds, Horseweed, Sea Lavender, and Sotted Knapweed (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
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Ponometia erastrioides
Small Bird-dropping Moth
MONA_number: 9095.00
One of 34 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), 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.G5 S3S4...
Ponometia candefacta
Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth
MONA_number: 9090.00
One of 34 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), 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.G5 S5...
Perigea xanthioides
Red Groundling Moth
MONA_number: 9689.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S4...
Leuconycta diphteroides
Green Leuconycta Moth
MONA_number: 9065.00
......Larvae feed on several species of Composites, including Fleabanes, Goldenrods, and Asters (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
Condica vecors
Dusky Groundling Moth
MONA_number: 9696.00
......Polyphagous, feeding on several species of forbs, including Joe Pye Weed, Snakeroot, and Dog Fennel (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
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Condica mobilis
Mobile Groundling Moth
MONA_number: 9693.00
......Larvae feed on Bidens (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
Condica videns
White-dotted Groundling Moth
MONA_number: 9690.00
......Polyphagous, feeding on several species of Composites, including Asters, Goldenrods, and Sneezeweeds (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
Condica cupentia
Splotched Groundling Moth
MONA_number: 9713.00
Males can be distinguished from Condica confederata by forewing pattern but females are more safely distinguished by genitalic features (Poole, 2017).............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR...
Condica sutor
Cobbler Moth
MONA_number: 9699.00
......Polyphagous, feeding on several species of forbs, including Parthenium, Ragweed, and Sunflowers (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 S5...
Papaipema cataphracta
Burdock Borer
MONA_number: 9466.00
One of 44 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2015), 30 of which have been recorded in North Carolina......Larvae are borers in a wide range of forbs (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Schinia thoreaui
Thoreau's Flower Moth
MONA_number: 11141.00
One of 126 species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2011), the majority of which occur in the West; 25 have been recorded in North Carolina.......Larvae feed on Giant Ragweed (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Plagiomimicus pityochromus
Black-barred Brown Moth
MONA_number: 9754.00
......Larvae feed on Ragweeds (Wagner et al., 2011)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Abagrotis anchocelioides
Blueberry Budworm Moth
MONA_number: 11045.00
A medium-sized, dull reddish-brown Dart. The head, thorax, and ground color of the forewings are all reddish-fuscous with an iridescent crimson sheen in some lights (Forbes, 1954). The antemedian and ............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Abagrotis alternata
Greater Red Dart Moth
MONA_number: 11029.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Sutyna privata
MONA_number: 9989.00
A New World genus of 3 species of which one is found in the United States and in North Carolina. The other two are from South America and may not be closely related to our species. Several North American forms of privata that were previously treated as separate species -- teltowa, profunda, and tenuilinea (see Forbes, 1954; Hodges et al., 1984) -- are now considered to be just forms of privata (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010).This large, bluish-black, fall-flying Noctuid is likely to be confused only with Xylotype capax, which is similar in size, color, and pattern and whose flight period overlaps. Our populations of priva...Most of our records come from the Coastal Plain, primarily from Longleaf Pine sandhills and flatwoods habitats, as well as dry stands of hardwoods. Blackberry is not common in most of these habitats ...Although this species may be a general feeder, caterpillars have been found only on Blackberry (Rubus sp.) and Blueberry (Vaccinium sp.) (Wagner et al., 2011; Sullivan, pers. obs.)....Comes to light but response to bait unknown. Its flight period in early September is when few people put out bait for moths....Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 [S3S4]Most of our records come from fairly open habitats where Blueberries are common. Old Field and other disturbed habitats where Blackberries are common have not been as well-sampled, however, and their ...
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Platynota rostrana
Omnivorous Platynota Moth
MONA_number: 3745.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Euzophera ostricolorella
Root Collar Borer Moth
MONA_number: 5997.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Monopis marginistrigella
MONA_number: 417.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Cameraria ulmella
MONA_number: 839.00
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Allagrapha aerea
Unspotted Looper
MONA_number: 8898.00
The sole member of its genus and occurring widely across eastern North America (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991)A medium-sized Looper, with dark, umber or reddish-brown, apically-pointed forewings and light brown hindwings. No stigma is present. The head and thorax are usually orange and contrasting with the w............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Spodoptera ornithogalli
Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
MONA_number: 9669.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Orgyia definita
Definite Tussock Moth
MONA_number: 8314.00
One of ten species in this genus that occur in North America, four of which have been recorded in North Carolina.Males are predominately dark brown, contrastingly shaded with areas of lighter brown or red. As in leucostigma but not detrita, a tornal white spot is usually well-developed. Both the antemedian and ...Our records come from virtually all types of forested habitats occurring in the state, including maritime forests, peatlands, Longleaf Pine habitats, Piedmont and Mountain floodplains and ridges....Polyphagous, feeding on a wide range of woody plants. Ferguson (1978) lists Willow, Oak, Basswood, Elm, Birch, Maple, and Witch Hazel. ...Our records all come from 15 watt UV light traps. Adults do not feed, so do not come to bait or to flowers. Larvae are distinctive and should be looked for on low-growing trees and shrubs. The hair...Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 [S5]With its statewide distribution and use of a wide variety of host plants and habitats, this species appears to be secure within the state....
Platynota flavedana
Black-shaded Platynota Moth
MONA_number: 3732.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Argyria auratella
Curve-lined Argyria Moth
MONA_number: 5465.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Episimus argutana
Sumac Leaftier Moth
MONA_number: 2701.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....