Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFBucculatricidae Members: 5 NC Records

Bucculatrix angustata Frey & Boll, 1876 - No Common Name

Superfamily: Gracillarioidea Family: BucculatricidaeSubfamily: [Bucculatriginae]Tribe: [Bucculatrigini]P3 Number: 330040.00 MONA Number: 522.00
Comments: One of 103 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016), twelve of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Braun (1963, p. 89)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Braun (1963)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A minute, narrow-winged, brown and white moth. The ground color is dark brown (especially females) to whitish brown. Marked with non-silvery white streaks. One longitudinal white streak runs from the base out to about 3/5 the length of the forewing and bordered below with dark brown. Two white streaks curve down from the costa towards the middle of the wing, the second of which has a distinctive black spot or dash at its apex and may also be lined on the anterior side with a dark shade. Two similar white streaks curve up from the inner margin, often enclosing a dark crescent, and a dark spot located at the apex of the wing may also be partially encircled with white. Hindwings and cilia are brownish gray (Braun, 1963).
Wingspan: 7-9 mm (Braun, 1963)
Adult Structural Features: Male and female reproductive structures are distinct and are described and illustrated by Braun (1963)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are not described by Braun (1963), but she described and illustrates the mining tracks they leave on their host plants and she also describes the pupae.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Our records come from both high elevations in the Mountains and at a relatively low elevation in the eastern Piedmont
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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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Flight Comments: We have records from both March and June
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Habitats were not recorded at the two sites in the state where this species has been observed so far. The host plants used by this species suggest that either old fields or open woodlands may be used.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are leaf miners on various composites, including Asters, Goldenrods, and Fleabanes (Braun, 1963)
Observation Methods: Comes to blacklights but we do not have enough information to estimate how well
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR [SU]
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: This species may turn out to be widespread across the state but we currently do not have enough information to estimate its conservation status

 Photo Gallery for Bucculatrix angustata - No common name

Photos: 6

Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-07
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-03-19
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-03-19
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-04-10
Madison Co.
Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2016-03-12
Durham Co.
Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, K. Kittelberger on 2014-06-07
Avery Co.