Moths of North Carolina
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49 NC Records

Orthosia revicta (Morrison, 1876) - Subdued Quaker Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: OrthosiiniP3 Number: 932773.00 MONA Number: 10490.00
Comments: One of 22 species (two others provisional) that occur in this genus north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 210); five have been recorded in North Carolina
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult Markings: The ground color of the forewings is usually dull, light red-brown, but light blue-gray in some forms (Forbes, 1954). The orbicular and reniform have a reddish outer line and a pale inner line, filled with gray. The basal, antemedian, and postmedian lines are fine, black, and usually scalloped; the postmedian often has black teeth on the veins. The subterminal is constrastingly pale and followed by dark bars that are broken on the veins. In both hibisci and alurina, the pale subterminal line is preceded by dark shades rather than followed.
Wingspan: 40 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult Structural Features: Male antennae are narrowly serrate, with the pectinations (including terminal bristles) shorter than the width of the shaft (Forbes, 1954). Male valves are diagnostic (see illustration in Forbes, 1954).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are reportedly indistinguishable from those of Egira alternans. Both are mostly brown with an orange head and a broad spiracular stripe which can vary in color from white to pinkish-brown (Wagner, 2005).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 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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Recorded by: T. Nergart on 2015-03-31
Transylvania Co.
Recorded by: T. Nergart on 2015-03-27
Transylvania Co.
Recorded by: T. Nergart on 2015-03-23
Transylvania Co.
Recorded by: T. Nergart and K. Bischof on 2015-03-17
Transylvania Co.