Moths of North Carolina
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Phaecasiophora niveiguttana Grote, 1873 - Labyrinth Moth



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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Tortricoidea Family: TortricidaeSubfamily: OlethreutinaeTribe: OlethreutiniP3 Number: 620541.00 MONA Number: 2772.00
Comments: A large genus of some 37 species, primarily Oriental but with three species occurring in North America. All three species occur in North Carolina
Species Status: Specimens from North Carolina have not been barcoded but those from other eastern localities have and the species are homogenous and well separated
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Adults resemble species of Olethreutes but have dilated, tufted scaling on the hind tibia which is usually obvious when handling specimens. Sexes are similar. This species is the most distinct and unlikely to be confused with any other moths.
Adult Structural Features: Male genitalia are largely similar for all three species, females can be distinguished by details of the genital plate and the shape of the ductus and bursa. Maculation will usually allow identification.
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Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae have been recorded from Sassafras where they silk together leaves and feed within the shelter
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Perhaps our most wide ranging species with collections and sightings from the Coastal Plain, where it can be common, to lower elevations in the mountains, usually below 2500’
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
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: Most common in April in the Coastal Plain but records continue into August. The number of broods is uncertain.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Adults have been collected in wooded habitats as well as adjacent open areas
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Sassafras
Observation Methods: Adults have been recorded in light traps and are unlikely to be attracted to bait
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for Laurel Shrublands
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S3S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Phaecasiophora niveiguttana - Labyrinth Moth

Photos: 19

Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-08-22
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-22
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-07-19
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-05-28
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-05-02
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-05-02
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: F. Williams, S. Williams on 2019-05-13
Gates Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2018-08-10
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2018-08-10
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Amanda Auxier on 2018-07-08
Pender Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2017-05-28
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2015-05-22
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn on 2014-06-06
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: F. Williams, S. Williams on 2013-08-17
Gates Co.
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Recorded by: Harry Wilson on 2010-05-20
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: FKW on 2010-05-01
Beaufort Co.
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Recorded by: FKW on 2009-05-19
Gates Co.
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