Moths of North Carolina
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123 NC Records

Coleophora unidentified species - No Common Name


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Gelechioidea Family: ColeophoridaeSubfamily: ColeophorinaeTribe: [Coleophorini]P3 Number: 0.00 MONA Number: 1398.01
Comments: The genus Coleophora contains a large number of very small moths that have been taxonomically challenging for experts. There are many undescribed species in North America, and several sibling species complexes that are taxonomically difficult. Dissections of genitalia are required to identify most species. The shape and size of the larval cases and host plants help to narrow down choices, particularly when combined with rearing. Jean-Francois Landry, who is an authority on the group, communicated the following to us: "Identifying Coleophora from external aspect is usually unwarranted, save for a few exceptions. Categories like white-winged and brown-streaked may be useful at a general level but not much beyond. Larval cases and host plants are very useful. Genitalia must be examined to recognize the majority of species. Moreover, specific differences are often subtle so high-quality dissections are necessary in which delicate membranous structures are preserved intact. Rearing adults from feeding larval cases, although oftentimes arduous, provides the best source of information. The taxonomy of Nearctic species remains largely unresolved, the number of undescribed species being at least three times that of named ones.” Coleophora species frequently occur at UV-lights and we have numerous records that currently cannot be placed beyond the genus level. Some of these are undoubtedly undescribed species.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                 
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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Immature Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-06-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik. on 2024-06-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-05-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-05-26
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-05-25
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Rich Teper on 2024-05-13
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Larry Chen, Sarah Toner on 2024-04-19
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Larry Chen, Sarah Toner on 2024-04-19
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Larry Chen, Sarah Toner on 2024-04-19
Orange Co.
Comment: occupied case feeding on Carya sp.
Recorded by: Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Larry Chen, Sarah Toner on 2024-04-19
Orange Co.
Comment: occupied case feeding on Carya sp.
Recorded by: Stephen Dunn on 2024-04-17
Orange Co.
Comment: Larva was feeding on Carya.
Recorded by: Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-14
Durham Co.
Comment: Occupied case feeding on Corylus americana.
Recorded by: Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-14
Durham Co.
Comment: Occupied case feeding on Corylus americana.
Recorded by: Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, David George on 2024-03-31
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2023-10-06
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2023-09-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2023-09-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2023-08-16
Watauga Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Rich Teper, Becky Watkins on 2023-07-30
Swain Co.
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Recorded by: Jeff Niznik, Stephen Dunn on 2023-07-26
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-07-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka, David George on 2023-07-07
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, John Petranka on 2023-07-07
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2023-06-30
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Chuck Smith on 2023-06-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-06-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn on 2023-06-17
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Bo Sullivan on 2023-06-13
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2023-06-10
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2023-06-06
Alleghany Co.
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