Moths of North Carolina
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Monopis marginistrigella (Chambers, 1873) - No Common Name


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Tineoidea Family: TineidaeSubfamily: TineinaeTribe: [Tineini]P3 Number: 300172.00 MONA Number: 417.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: (Leckie and Beadle (2018)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1923)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: The head and head tuft are pale yellowish to yellowish white, and the labial palp yellowish white with brown underneath. The antenna is light brown to brownish yellow above with dark brown annulations. The thorax is dark brown above. The ground color of the forewing is dark brown to blackish and speckled with varying levels of whitish or pale yellow scales. There are two large diffuse patches of whitish scales. The first is mid-way along the costa and extends to near the middle of the wing where a semi-translucent spot is sometimes evident. The second is along the inner margin near the anal angle where the patch extends both into the adjoining dorsal fringe and to about one-third the depth of the wing. The costa has a series of alternating light and dark spots or blotches that are rather obscure before the mid-wing and more pronounced towards the apex. They continue around the apex and termen into the base of the fringe, then terminate at the whitish patch near the anal angle. The hindwing is uniformly brown grayish white with a wide fringe, and the legs have alternate white and dark brown to blackish bands.
Wingspan: 9 mm (Forbes, 1923)
Forewing Length: 7-8 mm TL (Leckie and Beadle, 2018).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: The life history is undocumented.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Monopis marginistrigella is found in eastern North America in southern Ontario and Quebec, and throughout much of the eastern US. The range in the US extends from the New England states westward to Minnesota, Illinois and Arkansas, and southward to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina. Populations are undocumented in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As of 2020, our records are from lower to higher elevations in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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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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Flight Comments: Adults have been recorded from April through October outside of North Carolina, with most occurring from May through August. As of 2020, we have records from late-May through late-October, with populations showing evidence of have multiple broods.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: This species is very likely a scavenger or detritivore and is not strongly affiliated with a particular habitat type. Its apparent restriction to the western mountains remains a mystery.
Larval Host Plants: The larvae are presumably detritivores, as are closely related species, but the larvae have yet to be discovered.
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 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 this species to assess its conservation status.

 Photo Gallery for Monopis marginistrigella - No common name

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-10-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-05-26
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-05-26
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-24
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-24
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn on 2015-06-18
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, K. Kittelberger on 2015-06-17
Avery Co.
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