Moths of North Carolina
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12 NC Records

Diathrausta reconditalis (Walker, 1859) - Recondite Webworm Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: PyraustinaeTribe: SpilomeliniP3 Number: 801276.00 MONA Number: 5174.00
Species Status: "Not sure these two [reconditalis and harlequinalis] are really different" (Scholtens, 2017)
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIFTechnical Description, Adults: Munroe (1956)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Similar to Diathrausta harlequinalis but usually with the postmedian obsolescent and lacking the bright orange tints characteristic of harlequinalis (Munroe, 1956). The spot in the cell is also much smaller than in harlequinalis. Some specimens may not be distinguishable based on color and pattern, but usually can be distinguished by size: wingspan is 16 mm or less in reconditalis and over 17 mm in harlequinalis.
Wingspan: 15 mm (Munroe, 1956)
Adult Structural Features: According to Munroe (1956), the spine on the sacculus ventrad to the base of the clasper is much wider and less strongly acute in reconditalis than in harlequinalis.
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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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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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 Diathrausta reconditalis - Recondite Webworm Moth

Photos: 12

Recorded by: David George on 2021-09-23
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-09-02
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-30
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-09-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-09-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-25
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-25
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-07-31
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-29
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-29
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-29
Guilford Co.
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