Moths of North Carolina
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Ogdoconta cinereola (Guenée, 1852) - Common Pinkband Moth

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Family: Noctuidae Subfamily: Condicinae Tribe: Condicini P3 Number: 932018.00 MONA Number: 9720.00                                                                                  
Comments: A New World genus of some 18 species centered in Central America and the southwestern US. One species ventures into North Carolina where it occurs across the state and is common. A number of neotropical species await description.
Species Status: A specimen from North Carolina has been barcoded and falls within the variation of haplotypes seen across the range of this species. There is no evidence of additional hidden species although several new ones were recently described from Florida and the southwest US (Metzler et al, 2013).
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuideTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Wagner et al. (2011)                                                                                  
Adult Markings: A small moth usually grayish with a pink tinge. Look for the slanted pinkish area between the postmedial and subterminal lines.
Adult Structural Features: Both male and female genitalia allow easy recognition of the species. In the male the valve is divided and the clasper lies within the cleft of the valve. In the female the junction of the ductus bursae, corpus bursae and the appendix bursae are proximate.
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Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Like so many Noctuids, larvae are green with prominent longitudinal dorsal and subdorsal white stripes. Can be confused with Condica sutor (Wagner et al., 2011) and may need to be inspected closely for identification.
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from close inspection of specimens or by DNA analysis.
Distribution in North Carolina
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: We have records from a variety of open habitats, including natural communities such as maritime dunes and Longleaf Pine sandhills as well as from disturbed habitats such old fields and powerlines. It also occurs in wooded habitats, possibly in association with forest composites such as Verbesina species.
Larval Host Plants: The caterpillar feeds on a wide variety of composites, ragweed being a favorite. Floyd and Signa Williams observed one larva feeding on Lespeza cuneata during the Lake Norman Bioblitz in 2018.
Observation Methods: Comes readily to lights but we have no records from bait; possibly visits flowers.
Southern Outer Coastal Plain Successional Fields
Northern Outer Coastal Plain Successional Fields
Fall-line Sandhills Successional Fields
Eastern Piedmont Successional Fields
Western Piedmont Successional Fields
Southern Mountains Successional Fields
Northern Mountains Successional Fields
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
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.
Comments: This species is one of our most widely distributed and and one of the most generalized in terms of habitat of any in the state. It appears to be quite secure.

 Photo Gallery for Ogdoconta cinereola - Common Pinkband Moth

Photos: 11

Recorded by: F. Williams, S. Williams on 2018-09-08
Iredell Co.
Comment: Observed feeding on Lespeza cuneata
Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-05-27
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2017-07-22
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2016-06-14
Ashe Co.
Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Coin, C. Sorenson on 2015-07-24
Orange Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-06-03
Warren Co.
Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2015-05-13
McDowell Co.
Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2015-05-13
McDowell Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2013-07-26
Warren Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2012-07-02
Warren Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-05-30
Warren Co.