Moths of North Carolina
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Tinea apicimaculella Chambers, 1875 - No Common Name


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Tineoidea Family: TineidaeSubfamily: TineinaeTribe: [Tineini]P3 Number: 300144.00 MONA Number: 392.00
Comments: Tinea is a genus of small moths that are found worldwide, with 20 currently recognized species in North America.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012); Leckie and Beadle (2018)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult Markings: The following is based in part on the descriptions in Dietz (1905) and Forbes (1923). The head and dorsal tuft are straw yellow, and the antenna brown with faint darker annulations. The outer surface of the labial palp is brown. The inner surface and the apex are yellow, except for the second joint which is strongly roughened beneath with dark brown scales. The thorax is dark purple brown. The ground color of the forewing is dull yellow and dusted with fuscous. The dusting in the costal half consists of a well-marked dark stripe that extends from the base to near the apex. On many specimens it tends to expand or bend towards the costa just before the apex. There is a large brown spot at one-half the wing length between the dark longitudinal streak and the inner margin, and a second spot at the end of the discal cell that is sometimes masked by the dark streak. Relatively heavy dusting is also often evident along the costal margin. At the end of the wing there is a row of large dark spots at the base of the fringe that extend from just anterior to the costa, then around the termen before ending near the tornus. The fringe is straw yellow. The hindwing is uniformly lighter colored with a well-developed fringe. All segments of the legs are brown with white tips, and the hind leg is lighter with long spurs. Homostinea curviliniella is similar but lacks both the large brown spot at one-half, and the row of large spots around the wing tip.
Wingspan: 11.0-14.5 mm (Dietz, 1905).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Tinea apicimaculella is wide-ranging. The distribution is centered in eastern North America, but adults have been recorded in Colorado, southern California, Mexico and South America. In eastern North America, the range includes extreme southern Canada and the New England states southward to southern Florida, then westward to southern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Minnesota. Populations occur statewide in North Carolina, from coastal areas to the higher elevations in 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 observed during every month of the year in areas outside of North Carolina. As of 2020, we have records from February through November. Coastal and Piedmont populations appear to be multivoltine, but are single-brooded in the mountains.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Populations are frequently found in residential neighborhoods, but we have a few records from more natural settings such as state parks.
Larval Host Plants: The hosts are unknown, but the larvae are probably detritivores given that larvae of other species often feed on detritus associated with bird nests, owls pellets, ant nests, and mammal scat and carcasses (Powell and Opler, 2009).
Observation Methods: The adults regularly appear at UV-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 is widespread and seems to thrive in urban settings, suggesting that it does not need protection.

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Recorded by: David George on 2021-10-14
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-10-14
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall, Ed Corey, Jim Petranka, Becky Elkin, Tom Howard, Carol Tingley, Brian Bockhahn, and Van Cotter on 2021-09-29
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-05-20
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-05-20
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-11-05
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-10-22
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-27
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-12
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-09-06
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-09-06
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2020-07-29
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Rob Van Epps on 2020-06-26
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-06-18
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn on 2020-05-13
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-04-30
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-03-13
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-02-18
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-10-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-10-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-09-15
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-09-14
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-10
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-10
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2018-10-15
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2017-09-21
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2017-07-17
Cabarrus Co.
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