Moths of North Carolina
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Chloridea subflexa (Guenée, 1852) - Subflexus Straw Moth

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Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: HeliothinaeP3 Number: 932055.00 MONA Number: 11070.00 MONA Synonym: Heliothis subflexa
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Chloridea subflexa and C. virescens are similar in color and in having three straight lines running across the forewings. The hindwings provide the clearest way to separate the two: both have white hindwings, but virescens has a strong blackish or reddish margin, whereas subflexa has only a faint gray marginal band, if any. BugGuide also suggests that rusty coloring on the forelegs is characteristic of virescens, which appears to be true for at least some individuals, but examination of specimens in our collection does not indicate a complete correlation between foreleg color and hindwing color and pattern (J.B. Sullivan, pers. obs.). We continue to recommend that photographs be submitted that show at least a portion of the outer margin of the hindwings.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
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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Habitats and Life History
Larval Host Plants: Reported hosts include ground-cherry (Physalis), Solanum, tobacco, and meadow-beauty (Rhexia) (Forbes, 1954; Robinson et al., 2010). - View
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: Darryl Willis on 2016-10-20
Cabarrus Co.