Moths of North Carolina
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26 NC Records

Aglossa cuprina Zeller, 1872 - Grease Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: PyralidaeSubfamily: PyralinaeTribe: PyraliniP3 Number: 800080.00 MONA Number: 5518.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
Adult Markings: "Both [caprealis and cuprina]can be a challenge, but generally distinguishable. There is likely also A. oculalis, which is very much like A. cuprina" (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
Distribution:
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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Habitats and Life History
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Larval Host Plants: Larvae probably feed on stored grain, fungi, and detritus, similar to Aglossa caprealis
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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4 SNA
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: Cosmopolitan and possibly exotic in North Carolina

 Photo Gallery for Aglossa cuprina - Grease Moth

Photos: 20

Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-21
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-05-28
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2021-09-14
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-08-27
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-08-26
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-28
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-05-21
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-10
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-08
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-06-19
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-08-13
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, S. Hall on 2015-07-22
Stanly Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2015-07-18
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: Ed Corey on 2015-06-09
Washington Co.
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Recorded by: B.Bockhahn, F.Williams on 2014-05-20
Gates Co.
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