Moths of North Carolina
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37 NC Records

Kearfottia albifasciella Fernald, 1904 - No Common Name


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Tineoidea Family: TineidaeSubfamily: Tineidae-unplacedTribe: [Tineidae-unplaced]P3 Number: 300006.00 MONA Number: 319.00
Comments: Kearfottia is a monotypic genus that has been placed in the both the family Tineidae and Psychidae by different experts.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: (Leckie and Beadle, 2018)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIFTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1923)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: This is an easily recognizable species. The basal and apical thirds of the forewing are deep brown and contrast sharply with the middle third, which is cream white to white and wavy on the posterior margin. The head, thorax, and antenna are also deep brown, and the antenna is slightly less than half the length of the forewing. There are usually several dark spots along the costa and two or three along the dorsal margin of the cream-colored band. The legs are dark above on the proximal half, with light and dark banding on the tarsi.
Wingspan: 8-12 mm (Forbes, 1923)
Forewing Length: 5-7 mm (Leckie and Beadle, 2018)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: The life history of the larval stage is undocumented.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Kearfottia albifasciella is found in eastern North America, and is widespread throughout much of the eastern US and southern Ontario and Quebec. The range in the US extends from Maine and other New England states southward to Florida, and westward to eastern Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois. This species occurs statewide in North Carolina, but is most prevalent in the Piedmont and lower elevations of the mountains.
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: Adults have been recorded from areas outside of North Carolina from May through November, with the peak in seasonal activity in June and July. As of 2020, our records late-May through late-August, with most from June and July. Local populations appear to be single brooded.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: The habitats are poorly documented, but this species seems to be associated with hardwood forests. Most of our records are from semi-wooded neighborhoods or more natural forested sites. The larvae have never been reported, and it is uncertain whether they depend on particular plant hosts or not.
Larval Host Plants: The hosts and feeding ecology are unknown. This species was traditionally placed in the family Tineidae, but some place it in the Psychidae. Most tineids feed on substances other than living plants (e.g., feathers, scat; detritus), while many psychids feed on living plant material. As such, there is much guesswork about the presumed dietary niche of this species.
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 [S4S5]
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: This species appears to be widespread and somewhat common throughout the state.

 Photo Gallery for Kearfottia albifasciella - No common name

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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2022-06-13
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-05-30
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-07-26
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-24
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-20
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-18
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-18
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Bo Sullivan and Steve Hall on 2021-05-10
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2020-06-29
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-06-20
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-06-19
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-06-05
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-06-05
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-06-10
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-06-10
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Amanda Auxier on 2017-08-23
Pender Co.
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Recorded by: Harry Wilson on 2016-07-02
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2016-06-10
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, S. Hall on 2015-07-22
Stanly Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2015-07-17
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2014-06-05
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: j.wyche on 2013-08-22
Gates Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2013-05-30
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Robert Gilson on 0000-00-00
Mecklenburg Co.
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