Moths of North Carolina
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Acrobasis vaccinii Riley, 1884 - Cranberry Fruitworm Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: PyralidaeSubfamily: PhycitinaeTribe: PhycitiniP3 Number: 800150.00 MONA Number: 5653.00
Species Status: "[vaccinii and amplexella] can be very close. Underside forewing can distinguish males, but females are generally by association" (Scholtens, 2017)
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Neunzig (1996)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Neunzig (1972)                                                                                 
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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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come primarily from both montane and Coastal Plain areas where heath thickets are abundant
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on several species of heaths, including Vaccinium australe, V. stamineum, V. corymbosum, V. macrocarpon, and Gaylussacia sp.; reports from Malus and Prunus, however, are probably erroneus (Neunzig, 1972)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Upland Heath Thickets
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S3S4
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 Acrobasis vaccinii - Cranberry Fruitworm Moth

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Recorded by: jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-06-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-06-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-06-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-23
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-23
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-05-23
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-05-23
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2013-06-25
Warren Co.
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