Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFNoctuidae Members: 2 NC Records

Mythimna oxygala (Grote, 1881) - Lesser Wainscot Moth


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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: LeucaniiniP3 Number: 932933.00 MONA Number: 10436.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIFTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: This species is very similar to Leucania species, particularly Leucania adjuta. Like that species, it is straw colored, has three rufous streaks between the veins, a dark spot at end of the cell, and two dark, subterminal spots. However, unlike adjuta, it has an unmarked collar that is concolorous with the rest of the thorax; it Leucania adjuta, the collar is banded with darker brown. The hindwing is white but with some dark shading in the disk (Forbes, 1954).
Wingspan: 28-35 mm (Forbes, 1954)
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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Status in North Carolina
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State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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