Moths of North Carolina
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25 NC Records

Actrix nyssaecolella (Dyar, 1904) - Tupelo Leaffolder Moth

Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: PyralidaeSubfamily: PhycitinaeTribe: PhycitiniP3 Number: 800383.00 MONA Number: 5818.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIFTechnical Description, Adults: Neunzig (1996)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: "[nyssaecolella and dissimulatrix] can only be told apart by dissection. Both occur in SC and TN" (Scholtens, 2017)
Structural photos
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable only by close inspection of structural features or by DNA analysis.
Distribution in North Carolina
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 mainly from upland stands of hardwoods, but also from sites in the Coastal Plain which include upland and bottomland sites in close proximity
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Nyssa species (Robinson et al., 2010). Based on our location records for confirmed specimens, Nyssa sylvatica is likely used over most of the state but Nyssa biflora may also be used in the Coastal Plain.
See also Habitat Account for Gum and Tupelo Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S3S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Actrix nyssaecolella - Tupelo Leaffolder Moth

Photos: 9

Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-25
Madison Co.
Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan on 2021-05-09
Richmond Co.
Comment: 2 Traps, edge white cedar swamp forests
Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-07-07
Orange Co.
Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2020-07-01
Orange Co.
Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-06-26
Orange Co.
Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-06-26
Orange Co.
Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2016-09-08
Cabarrus Co.
Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2015-07-18
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2012-08-17
Camden Co.