Moths of North Carolina
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Pero ancetaria (Hübner, 1806) - Hubner's Pero Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Geometroidea Family: GeometridaeSubfamily: EnnominaeTribe: AzelininiP3 Number: 911179.00 MONA Number: 6748.00 MONA Synonym: Pero hubneraria
Comments: One of nineteen species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Poole, 1987; Pohl et al., 2016), four of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Pero hubneraria)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist                                                                                 
Adult Markings: The ground color of the forewings is dark, maroon brown; the subterminal area is pale but mottled with darker patches. Brown individuals of Pero honestaria are similar, but lack the mottling in the subterminal area (Poole, 1987). Individuals of Pero morrisonia are also similar, and possess mottled subterminal areas, but show a contrast in the median area of the forewings between the light brown costa and the darker inner area (Poole, 1987).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
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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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Associated with forests, woodlands, and wooded swamps (Wagner et al., 2001). North Carolina records come from maritime forests, Longleaf Pine flatwoods and savannas, riverine and non-riverine swamp forests, peatlands, dry sand ridges, mesic hardwood forests, cove forests, and high elevation forests.
Larval Host Plants: Polyphagous on hardwood trees and shrubs, including alder, birch, and willow (Wagner et al., 2001)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Forests and Shrublands
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S5
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 Pero ancetaria - Hubner's Pero Moth

Photos: 28

Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-24
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-04-11
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-08
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-02-17
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-07-27
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-04-10
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-04-08
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2018-09-10
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-09-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2018-08-06
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2018-08-03
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2018-07-18
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2018-07-10
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-04-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-04-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2016-08-02
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2016-04-12
Hoke Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-08-11
Cherokee Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-08-04
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, S. Hall on 2015-07-22
Stanly Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2014-04-03
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-08-02
Warren Co.
Comment: Confirmed via specimen by Bo Sullivan
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-08-17
Warren Co.
Comment: Confirmed via specimen by Bo Sullivan
Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2010-03-31
Camden Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2009-08-13
Camden Co.
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Recorded by: E. Corey on 2007-07-12
Alleghany Co.
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Recorded by: S. Hall on 2000-03-23
Moore Co.
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