Moths of North Carolina
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2 NC Records

Coleotechnites piceaella (Kearfott, 1903) - Orange Spruce Needleminer

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Family: GelechiidaeSubfamily: GelechiinaeP3 Number: 420744.00 MONA Number: 1826.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: As of 2023, both of our records are from Spruce-fir forest in or near Mt. Mitchell.
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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 two records come from stands of Spruce-fir Forests on Mt. Mitchell and adjoining areas of the Black Mountains.
Larval Host Plants: The larvae are needle-miners on both fir and spruce trees (Prentice, 1966; Rose and Lindquist, 1994). The reported hosts include Norway Spruce (Picea abies), White Spruce (P. glauca), Black Spruce (P. mariana), Colorado Spruce (P. pungens) and Red Spruce (P. rubens). Red Spruce is the only documented host in North Carolina as of 2023.
See also Habitat Account for Spruce-Fir Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status: [SR]
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S1S2
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 Photo Gallery for Coleotechnites piceaella - Orange Spruce Needleminer

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-09-08
Yancey Co.
Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan on 2019-07-30
Yancey Co.