Moths of North Carolina
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23 NC Records

Abagrotis anchocelioides (Guenée, 1852) - Blueberry Budworm Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: NoctuiniP3 Number: 933688.00 MONA Number: 11045.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A medium-sized, dull reddish-brown Dart. The head, thorax, and ground color of the forewings are all reddish-fuscous with an iridescent crimson sheen in some lights (Forbes, 1954). The antemedian and postmedian lines are double, with the postmedian followed by a series of pale points. The subterminal line is continuous and somewhat waved, followed by a pale but not strongly contrasting terminal area. The orbicular and reniform are dark brown and surrounded by a contrasting luteous outline; they are both smaller than the space that separates them. Abagrotis alternata can be similar, but has much larger spots and often has a subterminal line that is interrupted on the veins or consisting of separated dots. The subterminal is usually highly irregular in alternata and the pale terminal space typically strongly contrasts with the rest of the wing; there is often a strong outward bulge about 1/4 below the apex in alternata, but is rarely present in anchocelioides or is much less prominent (J.B. Sullivan, pers. obs.).
Wingspan: 37 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Nearly all of our records come from lower elevations in the mountains.
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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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Flight Comments: A. anchocelioides is basically a June-July species and alternata is uncommon at that time but abundant in the fall (J.B. Sullivan, pers. obs.)
Habitats and Life History
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Larval Host Plants: Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) is listed by the HOSTS database (Robinson et al., 2010), but this host requires confirmation.
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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 Abagrotis anchocelioides - Blueberry Budworm Moth

Photos: 10

Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2022-08-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-10-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-10-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2021-09-13
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-09-24
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-09-24
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-09-13
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-09-13
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2014-09-25
Ashe Co.
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