Moths of North Carolina
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Herpetogramma thestealis (Walker, 1859) - Zigzag Herpetogramma Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: PyraustinaeTribe: SpilomeliniP3 Number: 801199.00 MONA Number: 5277.00
Comments: One of 28 species in this genus that occur in North America (Solis, 2010; Handfield and Handfield, 2011), nine of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Solis (2010)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Ground color pale cream or whitish, sometimes with a violet or bluish iridescence (Forbes, 1923). White patches are located between the orbicular and reniform spots and between the reniform and postmedian line; the marginal shade is dark brown or beige and contrasts markedly with the paler basal area (Solis, 2010). Herpetogramma pertextalis is similar but with a darker ground color and markings that are finer (Forbes, 1923).
Wingspan: 28-35 mm (Forbes, 1923)
Adult Structural Features: "In all these, females are much more difficult" (Scholtens, 2017)
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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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 Herpetogramma thestealis - Zigzag Herpetogramma Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-22
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2021-07-19
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2021-07-09
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-24
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-10-06
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-07-12
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-03
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-03
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Patrick and Megan Blythe on 2019-07-03
Macon Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-10
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-10
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2018-08-10
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Dowlan on 2018-08-06
Watauga Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2018-08-05
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2018-08-01
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-06-09
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-06-09
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2018-06-05
Beaufort Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2013-07-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2012-09-13
Camden Co.
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Recorded by: Doug Blatny/Jackie Nelson on 2012-09-04
Ashe Co.
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