Moths of North Carolina
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609 NC Records

Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766) - Ipsilon Dart Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: NoctuiniP3 Number: 933528.00 MONA Number: 10663.00
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, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Our largest Dart, with a small but noticeable blackish claviform spot and an elongated dark wedge following the reniform (Forbes, 1954). This claviform contrasts with the light brown ground color of the lower portion of the wing and is not preceded by a basal dash, as found in Agrotis venerabilis and A. volubilis. The orbicular is rounded but with an elongated posterior extension; both the orbicular and reniform are distinctly darker than the dark shade that extends along the costa to the reniform. A small dark wedge may follow the reniform, similar but smaller than the mark found in A. ipsilon. The hindwings are dirty white but shaded with fuscous along the veins and towards the outer margin. A. venerabilis and A. volubilis are similar but have a basal dash and stronger claviform spots. A. ipsilon always has a dark wedge beyond the reniform that is longer and more pointed than in the other species.
Wingspan: 40 to greater than 50 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult Structural Features: Male antennae are pectinate (Forbes, 1954)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Occurs statewide
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: This species occurs in agricultural fields, wastelands, lawns, fields, and grasslands (Wagner et al., 2011). Many of our records come from residential areas.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are general feeders on grasses and forbs, including many types of cultivated crops (Wagner et al., 2011). Covell (1984) specifically lists corn, clover, Carolina Horsenettle, tobacco, and lettuce. We do not have any feeding records in North Carolina. - View
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See also Habitat Account for General Fields, Gardens, and Ruderal Habitats
Status in North Carolina
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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.
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 Photo Gallery for Agrotis ipsilon - Ipsilon Dart Moth

187 photos are available. Only the most recent 30 are shown.

Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2024-03-29
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-03-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2024-01-01
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-12-10
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-12-09
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-12-02
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-12-01
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-24
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-21
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-20
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-20
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-18
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-16
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-12
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-11
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-10
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-08
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-07
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-04
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-04
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-03
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-29
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-27
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-24
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-24
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-15
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-15
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Rich Teper on 2023-09-25
Caswell Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2023-09-15
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Dunn on 2023-09-05
Orange Co.
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