Moths of North Carolina
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7 NC Records

Platynota stultana Walsingham, 1884 - No Common Name

Superfamily: Tortricoidea Family: TortricidaeSubfamily: TortricinaeTribe: SparganothiniP3 Number: 620449.00 MONA Number: 3736.00
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Adult Markings: The forewing of males is two-toned: dark brown in the basal half and pale orange-brown, tan, or yellowish in the distal half (Powell and Brown, 2012). In the females, the forewing is more evenly brown.
Forewing Length: 4.5–6.0 mm, males; 6.5–7.5 mm, females (Powell and Brown, 2012)
Adult Structural Features: Smaller than rostrana and flavedana, which are similar in color and pattern. Unlike those species, the costal fold of the males is less than half the length of the forewing (Powell and Brown, 2012).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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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
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are polyphagous, feeding on a wide range of trees, shrubs, and forbs, including a number of crop species (Powell and Brown, 2012).
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: [GNR] SNA
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: This species may have originated in the Southwest but became adapted to feeding on a wide variety of crop species and has now spread far beyond its point of origin (Powell and Brown, 2021). It is considered to be an exotic invader in North Carolina.

 Photo Gallery for Platynota stultana - No common name

Photos: 5

Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2022-08-29
Moore Co.
Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-10-13
Wake Co.
Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2021-10-03
Moore Co.
Comment: Female
Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2021-10-03
Moore Co.
Comment: Male. Note costal folds
Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2020-10-13
Moore Co.