Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFCrambidae Members: 54 NC Records

Diacme elealis (Walker, 1859) - Paler Diacme Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: PyraustinaeTribe: SpilomeliniP3 Number: 801349.00 MONA Number: 5142.00
Species Status: "There seems to be a great deal of confusion over these two species [elealis and adipaloides]. We desperately need to check the types to see what each name applies to. I think there are warm and cold season forms of each" (Scholtens, 2017)
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
Adult Markings: According to Forbes (1923), who had apparently seen only a few D. elealis (=Sameodes elealis), the costa is mostly yellow rather than mostly gray-brown as in adipaloides and the males possess a dark dorsal tuft on the otherwise yellow abdomen, which is missing in adipaloides (the abdomen is brown in the females of both species). MPG also mentions that the basal line on the hindwing is typically missing in elealis but present in even the paler individuals of adipaloides.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
Distribution in North Carolina
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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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Status in North Carolina
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State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Diacme elealis - Paler Diacme Moth

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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2022-06-06
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-10-30
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-10-09
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-09-24
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: J. A. Anderson on 2021-09-23
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-08-24
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-07-28
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-07-22
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-13
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2021-06-05
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-05-24
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-03-26
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-10-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-30
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-31
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-08-24
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-06-22
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-03-30
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-08-09
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-07-07
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-01
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-30
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-30
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-10-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-08-23
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Owen and Pat McConnell on 2018-07-27
Graham Co.
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