Moths of North Carolina
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Chloridea virescens (Fabricius, 1777) - Tobacco Budworm Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: HeliothinaeP3 Number: 932054.00 MONA Number: 11071.00 MONA Synonym: Heliothis virescens
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Heliothis virescens and subflexa 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.
Wingspan: 28-35 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
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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Immature 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 Chloridea virescens - Tobacco Budworm Moth

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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-09-21
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-09-04
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-09-03
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-08-30
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-08-26
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2021-08-21
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-08-20
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-08-12
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-16
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-15
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-15
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-09
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-06-22
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-08-26
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn on 2020-07-16
Polk Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-07-15
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-08-12
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-20
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-20
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-06-24
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-06-24
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-22
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-22
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Robert Gilson on 2018-09-01
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: Salman Abdulali on 2017-08-12
Pitt Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2016-07-20
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-08-26
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-08-25
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-08-25
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Jason Brown on 2014-09-11
Wake Co.
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