Moths of North Carolina
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1 NC Records

Meroptera pravella (Grote, 1878) - Lesser Aspen Webworm Moth

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Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: PyralidaeSubfamily: PhycitinaeTribe: PhycitiniP3 Number: 800347.00 MONA Number: 5787.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Neunzig (1996)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: "Can only be told from M. abditiva by dissection" (Scholtens, 2017)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable only by close inspection of structural features or by DNA analysis.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Larval Host Plants: This species uses a variety of deciduous hardwoods (Forbes, 1923; Schaffner, 1959; Prentice, 1966; Godfrey et al., 1987; Robinson et al., 2010). The reported hosts include American Beech (Fagus grandifolia), Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera), Bigtooth Aspen (P. grandidentata), Quaking Aspen (P. tremuloides), Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina), White Willow (Salix alba) and American Elm (Ulmus americana). - View
Status in North Carolina
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State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.