Moths of North Carolina
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2 NC Records

Scythris trivinctella (Zeller, 1873) - Banded Scythris Moth

Superfamily: Gelechioidea Family: ScythrididaeSubfamily: ScythridinaeTribe: [Scythridini]P3 Number: 421713.00 MONA Number: 1678.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
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
Habitats: Our records come from a barrier island with extensive areas of sandy beach, dune grassland, maritime scrub, and brackish marsh habitats. Most records shown on the Moth Photographer's website for the Atlantic slope also appear to come mainly from tidewater areas. Several species of Amaranth occur along the edges of coastal marshes, including Amaranthus cannabinus, Amaranthus australis, and the very rare Amaranthus pumilus is restricted to ocean beaches and sand flats. Of these species, Amaranthus cannabinus has a range that best corresponds to that of S. trivinctella .
Larval Host Plants: Larvae have been recorded on Amaranths, including A. hybridus and A. retroflexus (Robinson et al., 2010)
See also Habitat Account for Salt and Brackish Marshes
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S1S3
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: R. Newman on 2022-08-28
Carteret Co.
Recorded by: R. Newman on 1996-12-31
Carteret Co.