Moths of North Carolina
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45 NC Records

Agrotis venerabilis Walker, [1857] - Venerable Dart Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: NoctuiniP3 Number: 933516.00 MONA Number: 10651.00
Comments: One of twenty-three species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), seven of which 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: A typical Dart, with a strong, elongated claviform spot that is strongly outlined with black and filled with gray; this spot is separated by the antemedian line from a thin basal dash (Forbes, 1954). This spot strongly contrasts with the light brown ground color of the lower portion of the wing. The orbicular is also elongated and elliptical but does not contrast with the darker shade that extends along the costa to the large, dark reniform spot. A small dark wedge may follow the reniform, similar but smaller than the mark found in Agrotis ipsilon. The head and collar are dark brown, contrasting with the pale tegulae and thoracic crest. The hindwings are dark fuscous. Agrostis volubilis is similar but has a much strong basal dash that crosses the antemedian and joins the claviform. Agrotis malefida has a much shorter and thicker claviform and a blackish collar. Agrotis ipsilon always has a dark wedge beyond the reniform, which is longer and more sharply pointed than any wedge that occurs in venerabilis.

Wingspan: 35-40 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult Structural Features: Male antennae are narrowly pectinate, with a simple apex (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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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 Agrotis venerabilis - Venerable Dart Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-10-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2021-10-08
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-10-08
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-04
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-10-24
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-10-12
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-10-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-10-10
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2018-09-26
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2017-10-19
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Doug Blatny / Jackie Nelson on 2011-10-02
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Doug Blatny / Jackie Nelson on 2011-09-25
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2009-10-21
Camden Co.
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