Moths of North Carolina
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Packardia ceanothi Dyar, 1908 - No Common Name

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Superfamily: Zygaenoidea Family: LimacodidaeP3 Number: 660018.00 MONA Number: 4660.00
Species Status: Described by Dyar (1908) based on seven specimens from Tryon, NC, reared from larvae fed on Ceanothus.
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Dyar (1908)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: This species was described by Dyar (1908) from Tryon, North Carolina from seven specimens that were reared from New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) and apparently has not been observed since then. He noted that the patterning most closely resembles that of Packardia elegans and that there dark and pale color forms. The following is based on Dyar’s original description. The overall color of the forewing is bright brownish ocherous. In the dark form the forewing is brownish ochreous and is crossed by two oblique and one reversed curved pale line. The inner line is broadly shaded on the outer margin with dark fuscous brown, while the curved line ends at the anal angle in two superposed dots. The hindwing is thickly blackish irrorate. In the pale form, the markings are nearly obliterated, being of almost the same shade as the ground color, and the hindwing is pale straw-color. Dyar (1908) noted that the larvae are similar to those of P. elegans.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable only by close inspection of structural features or by DNA analysis.
Immatures and Development: The larval life history is undocumented.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: This species is only known from a single site from Tryon, North Carolina an has not been collected since its original description in 1908.
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: The original collection site was not described.
Larval Host Plants: New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) is the only reported host (Dyar, 1908). - View
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR SH
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: This species is known from a single site near Tryon, North Carolina and is presumably rare.

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Recorded by: on 0000-00-00
Polk Co.
Comment: Type locality, larvae on Ceanothus americanus (no date specified) were reared and seven adults obtained.