Moths of North Carolina
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Heterocampa guttivitta
Saddled Prominent
MONA_number: 7994.00
One of 21 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), seven 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....
Amblyptilia pica
Geranium Plume Moth
MONA_number: 6118.00
Identifiable from photographs (D. Lott, pers. comm. to JBS)................
Geina unidentified species
MONA_number: 6091.11
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Gondysia telma
MONA_number: 8726.10
One of four species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), all of which have been recorded in North CarolinaA medium-sized Erebid with forewings divided into light and dark shades and possessing a strongly bidentate postmedian line. ..."N. telma is most often found in or near swamps with standing water" (Sullivan, 2010)....Larvae have not been observed in North Carolina. However, according to Wagner (pers. comm. to JBS, 2014) larvae of either G. smithii or G. telma have been reared on Styrax. Based on the swamp forests...All of our records come from lights; we have no records from bait for any of our species of Gondysia...Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR SUWe have few confirmed records for this species, which appears to be fairly specialized in terms of its habitat. However, if its larval host is, in fact, Styrax americanus, then it could occur widely a...
Hydrelia condensata
MONA_number: 7420.00
One of six species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016), three of which have been recorded in North CarolinaA small dark gray and white Geometrid. The head, thorax, and the basal, postmedial, and subterminal areas of the forewings are blackish-brown. The inter-antennal ridge, medial and terminal areas of th...Our few records come from riparian habitats...Host plants appear to have been poorly documented but at least one larva has been collected on Northern Red Oak (Butler and Strazanac, 2000)....Comes to light but to what extent appears to be unknown...Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR SU...
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Hydrelia albifera
Fragile White Carpet Moth
MONA_number: 7423.00
One of six species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016), three 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....
Hydrelia inornata
Unadorned Carpet Moth
MONA_number: 7422.00
One of six species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016), three 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....
Eulithis molliculata
Dimorphic Eulithis Moth
MONA_number: 7203.00
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 CarolinaA medium-sized, dimorphically colored moth with broad, falcate wings. Males are reddish- to chocolate-brown but females are ochre to yellow. The wings are crossed by a number of narrow, outwardly curv...We have records from two sites that have populations of Ninebark, one from wetlands along the New River in an area where Amphibolite -- a mafic rock formation -- is common, the other from upland glade...McGuffin (1971, 1977) and Wheeler and Hoebeke (1985) reported that the larvae feed on Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)...Comes to light, but to what extent is unclear, at least in North Carolina...Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR SUConsidered rare by Forbes (1948)and appears to be a strong habitat specialist, associated with a larval host plant that itself is fairly restricted in its occurrence to a narrow range of habitat types...
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............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Eulithis propulsata
MONA_number: 7199.00
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 CarolinaA pale yellowish-brown, broad-winged Geometrid with somewhat falcate forewings. Similar to several other species of Eulithis in ground color and in the median area darkened on the margins but pale in ...Our few records are from high elevation (>3,500 ft) mesic forests, including Rich Cove Forests, Northern Hardwoods, and Spruce-fir Forests, all habitats that support populations of Ribes species, whic...Stenophagous, feeding on currants (Ribes sp.) (Wagner et al., 2002)....Comes to blacklights but how well is unknown....Listed as Significantly Rare by the Natural Heritage Program. That designation does not confer any legal protection, however, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR S2S3We have very few records for this northern species in North Carolina. It appears to be a highly restricted, host plant and habitat specialist and its mesic, high elevation habitats are likely to be h...
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Eulithis gracilineata
Greater Grapevine Looper
MONA_number: 7197.00
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............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Eulithis diversilineata
Lesser Grapevine Looper
MONA_number: 7196.00
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............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Metanema determinata
Dark Metanema Moth
MONA_number: 6820.00
One of three species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016), with determinata the only one that has been recorded in North CarolinaA medium-sized, grayish-brown Geometrid with fairly broad, falcate forewings and angulate outer margins on both pairs of wings. The head, body and ground color of the wings is fairly dark gray. The wi...Our records all come from riparian shorelines or wetlands where willows are common...Stenophagous, feeding primarily on willows but also reported on poplars (Forbes, 1948; Wagner et al., 2001)...Comes to light to some extent but to what extent has not been determined in North Carolina...Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR SUThis species is a wetland specialist and occupies what appears to be a fairly small range in North Carolina, probably the southernmost outlier of what could be a fairly extensive range along the New R...
Tallula watsoni
Watson's Tallula Moth
MONA_number: 5592.00
"The hindwing is the easiest way to tell these [watsoni and atrifascialis] apart, with T. atrifascialis uniformly gray, but watsoni with only the margin grayish" (Scholtens, 2017) ............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Scoparia biplagialis
Double-striped Scoparia Moth
MONA_number: 4716.00
Size and pattern are usually good for ID (Scholtens, 2017)............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Metzneria lappella
Burdock Seedhead Moth
MONA_number: 1685.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Acrobasis vaccinii
Cranberry Fruitworm Moth
MONA_number: 5653.00
"[vaccinii and amplexella] can be very close. Underside forewing can distinguish males, but females are generally by association" (Scholtens, 2017) ............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Stiria rugifrons
Yellow Sunflower Moth
MONA_number: 9785.00
One of seven species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), and the only one that has been recorded in North CarolinaA medium-sized, contrastingly marked yellow and brown Noctuid. The top of the head and most of the forewings are ochre to bright yellow, strongly contrasting with the brown thorax and spots at the bas...Records from Cherokee County come from a wildlfower-rich powerline. The record from the Sandhills comes from a dry Longleaf Pine dominated habitat where yellow composites were common....Stenophagous, feeding on Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.) (Poole, 1995; Wagner et al., 2011)...Adults come to lights to some extent and probably rest on flowers during the day. Larvae can be located by looking for flower heads that show accumulations of flower remains below the feeding site (W...Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G4 SUThis species is considered rare and local east of the Appalachians (Forbes, 1954; Poole, 1995; Wagner et al., 2011). The fact that it feeds on a fairly common genus of host plants, however, together w...
Phyllocnistis insignis
MONA_number: 846.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Amydria effrentella
MONA_number: 334.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Battaristis nigratomella
MONA_number: 2227.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Megalographa biloba
Bilobed Looper
MONA_number: 8907.00
The sole member of this genus in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991; Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010)A medium-sized, brown Looper, shaded with red or yellow and possessing a distinctive bilobed silver stigma. The transverse lines are also silver, as is the dorsal outline of the reniform, which forms ......Polyphagous, feeding on a wide variety of herbaceous plants (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991)......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Eosphoropteryx thyatyroides
Pink-patched Looper
MONA_number: 8905.00
The sole member of its genus, which is found in northern and eastern North America (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991).A medium-sized Looper with a striking pattern of pink, brown, and gray on its forwings and a high reddish crest on its thorax. The stigma is an open, silver v, followed by a solid spot; hindwings are ......Larvae feed on Meadow Rues (Thalictrum spp.), Wild Columbine (Aquilegia spp.) in the Ranunculaceae, with at least one report from Lousewort (Pedicularis) in the Scrophulariaceae (Lafontaine and Poole,......Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Abrostola ovalis
Oval Abrostola Moth
MONA_number: 8880.00
One of four species in this genus that occur in North American north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991), two of which have been recorded in North Carolina. A medium-small Looper with a distinctive buff-colored, strongly ovate patch at the base of the otherwise dark forewings; hindwings are grayish brown, lighter at the base, and bordered by a pale fringe...Our records come from stands of mesic hardwoods, including riparian forests, cove forests, and northern hardwoods...Stenophagous, feeding on both Stinging Nettles (Urtica sp.) and Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis) (Wagner et al., 2011). In North Carolina, both Urtica gracilis and chamaedryoides are rare. Laportea, ...All of our records were obtained through use of blacklights....Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G4 SUWe have very few records so far for this species. If is actually associated primarily with Urtica rather than Laportea, that could account for its rarity -- both of our native species of Urtica are li...
Phyllocnistis liriodendronella
MONA_number: 849.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Phyllocnistis unidentified species
MONA_number: 854.01
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Aglossa cuprina
Grease Moth
MONA_number: 5518.00
"Both [caprealis and cuprina]can be a challenge, but generally distinguishable. There is likely also A. oculalis, which is very much like A. cuprina" (Scholtens, 2017) ............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Agonopterix thelmae
Thelma's Agonopterix Moth
MONA_number: 884.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Agonopterix canadensis
Canadian Agonopterix Moth
MONA_number: 878.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Autosticha kyotensis
Kyoto Moth (Introduced, Japan)
MONA_number: 1010.10
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Glyphidocera lactiflosella
Five-spotted Glyphidocera Moth
MONA_number: 1139.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Feralia major
Major Sallow
MONA_number: 10007.00
An isolated genus with 7 species worldwide, 1 palearctic, the other 6 nearctic, with 3 occurring in North Carolina.This spectacularly patterned moth is perfectly camouflaged for life among the moss and lichen dominated pine forests across the state. Feralia major is similar in pattern to F. jocosa and comstocki b...North Carolina records range from xeric, coastal sandhills dominated by Longleaf Pines, to Piedmont reservoir shorelines, where Loblolly is the most common species of pine, to Cove Forests in the Moun...Probably associated with hard pines, particularly Shortleaf, Virginia and Pond (and maybe Pitch). Wagner et al (2011) also list White Pine but that seems unlikely to be a major foodplant in North Car...Comes to light but no records from bait....Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.G5 [SU]We have few records for this species, probably due to its late winter flight period. However, it occupies a wide range in North Carolina and is associated with common host plants; it is therefore lik...
Psilocorsis cryptolechiella
Black-fringed Leaftier Moth
MONA_number: 956.00
One of seven species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016), three of which have been recorded in North CarolinaA small, pale yellow to orange, finely striated Leaf-tier. The head, thorax, and base of the forewings are reddish-orange, darker than the ground color of the rest of the forewings, which is pale yell...The habitats where this species have been recorded in North Carolina are mostly undescribed but in one case include a residential neighborhood that retains remnants of mesic hardwood forest...According to Hodges (1974), the principal host plants are various species of oaks but that larvae have also been found on American Chestnut, Black Locust, and Northern Bayberry...Comes to lights but the extent to which has not been determined...Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.GNR [SU]Too little is currently known about the distribution, habitat associations, and host plant range to make any estimate about its conservation status in North Carolina...
Idioglossa miraculosa
MONA_number: 1072.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Mathildana flipria
MONA_number: 1060.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Decantha stecia
MONA_number: 1043.00
.........Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Decantha boreasella
Reticulated Decantha Moth
MONA_number: 1042.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Bibarrambla allenella
Bog Bibarrambla Moth
MONA_number: 911.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Agonopterix pulvipennella
MONA_number: 867.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Agonopterix argillacea
MONA_number: 889.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
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Agonopterix robiniella
Four-dotted Agonopterix Moth
MONA_number: 882.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Agonopterix flavicomella
MONA_number: 880.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Agonopterix fusciterminella
MONA_number: 870.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Agonopterix lythrella
MONA_number: 857.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Agonopterix hyperella
MONA_number: 856.00
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Psilocorsis quercicella
Oak Leaftier Moth
MONA_number: 955.00
One of seven species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016), three 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....
Machimia tentoriferella
Gold-striped Leaftier Moth
MONA_number: 951.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....
Psilocorsis reflexella
Dotted Leaftier Moth
MONA_number: 957.00
One of seven species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016), three 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....
Probole nepiasaria
Heath Probole Moth
MONA_number: 6839.00
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Gerdana caritella
MONA_number: 1144.00
............Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands....