Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFErebidae Members: 340 NC Records

Argyrostrotis deleta (Guenée, 1852) - Deleta Chocolate

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Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: PoaphiliniP3 Number: 930955.00 MONA Number: 8763.00
Comments: One of six species in this genus, all of which occur in central and eastern North America, including North Carolina (Sullivan and Lafontaine, 2011).
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist                                                                                 
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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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Pocosins, Wet Pine Savannas and Flatwoods, margins of depression ponds, blackwater swamps, and other wet, shrubby habitats in the Coastal Plain
Larval Host Plants: Host plants have not been observed but are likely to be species of shrub associated with Coastal Plain wetlands
Observation Methods: Easily observed during the day when flushed from savanna and pocosin habitats
See also Habitat Account for Coastal Plain Wet Acidic Shrublands
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4G5 S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Argyrostrotis deleta - Deleta Chocolate

Photos: 5

Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-03-28
Onslow Co.
Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-03-13
Onslow Co.
Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-06-04
Onslow Co.
Recorded by: Scott Pohlman on 2015-06-29
Pender Co.
Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2014-06-23
Pender Co.
Comment: Common in a shrubby area of a Longleaf Pine savanna