Moths of North Carolina
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Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766) - Ipsilon Dart Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: NoctuiniP3 Number: 933528.00 MONA Number: 10663.00
Comments: One of twenty-three 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
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Our largest Dart, with a small but noticeable blackish claviform spot and an elongated dark wedge following the reniform (Forbes, 1954). This claviform contrasts with the light brown ground color of the lower portion of the wing and is not preceded by a basal dash, as found in venerabilis and volubilis. The orbicular is rounded but with an elongated posterior extension; both the orbicular and reniform are distinctly darker than the dark shade that extends along the costa to the reniform. A small dark wedge may follow the reniform, similar but smaller than the mark found in Agrotis ipsilon. The hindwings are dirty white but shaded with fuscous along the veins and towards the outer margin. Agrostis venerabilis and volubilis are similar but have a basal dash and stronger claviform spots. Agrotis ipsilon always has a dark wedge beyond the reniform that is longer and more pointed than in the other species.
Wingspan: 40 to greater than 50 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult Structural Features: Male antennae are pectinate (Forbes, 1954)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Agrotis ipsilon - Ipsilon Dart Moth

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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-05-25
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-04-07
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-03-29
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-01-07
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-12-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2019-11-19
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2019-11-19
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2019-11-11
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-10-25
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-10-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-09-22
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-09-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-18
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-09-03
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-07
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2019-08-06
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2019-06-14
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-28
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-12-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-11-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-11-18
Madison Co.
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