Moths of North Carolina
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Palpita magniferalis (Walker, 1861) - Splendid Palpita Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: PyraustinaeTribe: SpilomeliniP3 Number: 801325.00 MONA Number: 5226.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A small, gray and brown blotched Pyraustine. The forewings are marked with extensive areas of pale gray; the abdomen is also pale gray and irreglarly marked with fuscous. The orbicular and reniform are contrastingly black, and large fuscous patch is often present beyond the reniform and a brown postmedian patch may also be present (Munroe, 1952). Most of the forewing is marked with fucous speckling. Hind wings are translucent pale gray with light fuscous speckling. Scholtens (2017) notes: "there is plenty of possibility for confusion in these species. There are general trends in each, but a great deal of variation."
Forewing Length: 12-13 mm (Munroe,1952)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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See also Habitat Account for Ash Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S4S5
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 Palpita magniferalis - Splendid Palpita Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-14
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-14
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-10
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2020-04-24
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-08
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-04-06
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-03-27
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-02-10
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2019-09-07
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-07-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-07-24
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2019-06-24
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-04
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-25
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2019-05-20
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-15
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2019-05-05
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-03
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-23
Guilford Co.
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