Moths of North Carolina
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Orthosia alurina (Smith, 1902) - Gray Quaker Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: OrthosiiniP3 Number: 932774.00 MONA Number: 10491.00
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
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Very similar in coloration and patterning to hibisci but usually has an inconspicuous pale subterminal preceded and defined by much heavier dark bars (Forbes, 1954)
Wingspan: 32-35 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult Structural Features: Males have heavily serrate antennae, with the pectinations (including terminal bristles) longer that the width of the shaft (Forbes, 1954). Male valves are very different from those of hibisci (see illustrations in Forbes) and may be the most reliable way of identifying some individuals.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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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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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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 Photo Gallery for Orthosia alurina - Gray Quaker Moth

Photos: 28

Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2022-03-04
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2022-03-03
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2022-02-22
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-10-21
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-10-21
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-21
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-14
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-13
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-03-12
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2021-03-11
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-03-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-10
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-09
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2021-03-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-04
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-04
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-04
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-03-01
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-01-14
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-04-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Amanda Auxier on 2018-02-19
Pender Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2016-03-10
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2016-03-10
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-03-10
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Fermented Wine poured on tree
Recorded by: Taylor Piephoff on 2012-03-09
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-02-16
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2010-03-12
Camden Co.
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Recorded by: SPH, SH, CH on 2000-03-22
Moore Co.
Comment: kept