Moths of North Carolina
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6 NC Records

Acrobasis rubrifasciella Packard, 1873 - Alder Tubemaker Moth

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Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: PyralidaeSubfamily: PhycitinaeTribe: PhycitiniP3 Number: 800178.00 MONA Number: 5690.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Neunzig (1996)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Neunzig (1972)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: "All Acrobasis with a 3 are very tricky for ID. In some cases it requires close look at male antennae, in others a look at the underside of the wings in males. In some cases females cannot be distinguished (e.g. A. angusella and A. latifasciella)" (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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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Immature 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: North Carolina records include Alder-containing habitats in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. The habitat where it was recorded in the Mountains contains riparian forests and is also likely to have populations of Alder.
Larval Host Plants: The larvae feed on members of the Betulaceae and less commonly on members of the Myricaceae, with alders being particularly important (Craighead et al., 1950; Schaffner, 1959; Neunzig, 1972; Prentice, 1966; Robinson et al., 2010). The reported hosts include Speckled Alder (Alnus incana), Hazel Alder (A. serrulata), birches (Betula), Sweet-fern (Comptonia peregrina), hazelnuts (Corylus) and sweet-gales (Myrica). Tracy Feldman has observed frass tubes on A. serrulata in Scotland County that appear to have been made by this species (BugGuide). - View
See also Habitat Account for Shoreline Shrublands
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
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.