Moths of North Carolina
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17 NC Records

Doleromorpha porphyria Braun, 1930 - No Common Name


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Tineoidea Family: DryadaulidaeP3 Number: 300224.00 MONA Number: 276.00
Comments: Doleromorpha is a monotypic genus that was described by Braun (1930).
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Braun (1930)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: The head is densely covered with rusty ocherous hair-like scales, and the antenna is black and about half the length of the forewing. The thorax and forewing are dark purplish-brown, but in a small percentage of specimens have lighter mottling. The cilia are grayish with a dark marginal line near the base. The hindwing is pale golden brown and paler towards the base. The hindwing of females is darker and grayish tinged. The legs are pale golden fuscous (Braun, 1930). Epimartyria auricrinella is similar, but has wider, broadly rounded forewings. In addition, the fringe is far more pronounced compared to D. porphyria, and extends well forward onto the dorsal and costal margins. E. auricrinella is also distinctive in having homoneurous wing venation (the venation is complete in the hindwing, just as in the forewing). and a jugum (small flap of forewing membrane) rather than a frenulum (bristle-like structure) to couple the wings together (see Microleps.org for an excellent discussion of these).
Wingspan: 7.0-8.5 mm (Braun, 1930).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: The larval life history and ecology is unknown.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Doleromorpha porphyria is found in eastern North America, including southern Canada (Ontario) and much of the eastern US. Local populations have been documented as far west as Minnesota and as far south as Louisiana. This species appears to be rare in the Atlantic Coastal Plain. As of 2020, we have scattered records from throughout the Blue Ridge and Piedmont.
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Flight Comments: The adults are active from May-August. AS of 2020, our records are from June-August.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: The habitats are poorly documented, but many records are associated with hardwood forests. Braun (1930) noted that the adults often fly in the early morning along the edges of forests.
Larval Host Plants: The host species are undocumented. - View
Observation Methods: The adults are attracted to UV 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 in North Carolina to assess its conservation status.

 Photo Gallery for Doleromorpha porphyria - No common name

Photos: 19

Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2023-07-31
Swain Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-07-30
Madison 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: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Rich Teper, Becky Watkins on 2023-07-29
Swain Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-07-10
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-08-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jeff Niznik on 2022-05-31
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-09-30
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-09-30
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-08-13
Durham Co.
Comment: Identification is tentative, but it appears to be a light morph of this species.
Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-08-04
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-07-29
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-07-29
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-07-29
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn on 2020-07-15
Polk Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2020-06-13
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2020-06-13
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2020-06-13
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2017-08-17
Mecklenburg Co.
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