Moths of North Carolina
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Battaristis concinusella (Chambers, 1877) - No Common Name


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Gelechioidea Family: GelechiidaeSubfamily: GelechiinaeTribe: AnacampsiniP3 Number: 420466.00 MONA Number: 2225.00
Comments: The genus Battaristis contains 31 described species that are mostly found in the New World. Most species are found in South America, and only five are currently recognized in North America.
Species Status: Battaristis concinusella as currently recognized may possibly be a cryptic species complex based on BOLD data that shows the presence of three BINs. Populations in California appear to be distinct from eastern populations, and one group in Canada may be distinct from more southern forms.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Chambers (1877); Forbes (1923)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: This is a small, dull grayish to grayish brown moth with a faint, postmedian light line and a black apical spot. The following description is based on that of Chambers (1877) and Forbes (1923). The labial palp is strongly recurved and extends to the thorax. The second joint of the labial palp is brush-like, while the third segment is conspicuously narrower. This species has an overall dull gray to grayish-brown appearance, with the head, thorax, palps, and most of the forewing being dull gray to grayish brown. The antenna is darker than the general body coloration. The forewing has a dull gray to grayish brown ground color that is sprinkled with lighter, grayish-white scales that are more concentrated in the subapical region. A thin and rather faint postmedial line is present at about three-fourths the wing length. It is white to grayish-white, straight, posteriorly oblique, and fades out before reaching the middle of the wing in the subapical region. An opposing and even fainter dorsal line is usually evident that converges towards the apex of the costal line. The costa has a very short dark-brown to blackish streak at about one-half the wing length that is followed by a whitish streak, then another dark streak just before the post-median line. A larger dark-brown to blackish blotch is usually evident immediately behind the costal line. The apex is heavily dusted with grayish-white scales and has a conspicuous black spot below it. The cilia are dark brown to blackish with a well-defined white marginal line near the middle that is margined anteriorly with darker scales. This species is similar to Battaristis nigratomella, but tends to be darker overall, with the wing ground color uniform in the basal half. In B. nigratomella, the costal one-third of the wing on the basal half is lighter than the dorsal two-thirds. Battaristis concinusella also tends to have the apical third of the wing more heavily speckled or dusted with whitish or light gray scales relative to B. nigratomella. The postmedial costal line at about three-fourths is faint in this species relative to that of B. nigratomella.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: The larval life history is undocumented.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: As currently recognized, specimens conforming to the description of Battaristis concinusella have been found in southern Canada (British Columbia; Alberta; Ontario; Quebec) and in many areas of the United States, including California, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. In the East, the range extends from New York and vicinity southward to South Carolina and westward to Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Wisconsin. As of 2021, we only have records from the Piedmont.
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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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Flight Comments: Adults have been documented from April through October in areas outside of north Carolina, with peak activity from May through August. As of 2021, our few records are from May and July.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: The habitat preferences are poorly documented, and include wooded residential neighborhoods and a hardwood forest.
Larval Host Plants: The hosts are unknown.
Observation Methods: The adults are attracted to lights.
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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR SU
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: We currently do not have sufficient information on the distribution and abundance of this species to assess its conservation status.

 Photo Gallery for Battaristis concinusella - No common name

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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn on 2020-05-13
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn on 2020-05-13
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn on 2020-05-13
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2011-07-30
Wake Co.
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