Moths of North Carolina
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37 NC Records

Tornos scolopacinaria (Guenée, [1858]) - Dimorphic Gray Moth

Superfamily: Geometroidea Family: GeometridaeSubfamily: EnnominaeTribe: BoarmiiniP3 Number: 910898.00 MONA Number: 6486.00
Comments: One of seven species in this New World genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Rindge, 1954), three of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult Structural Features: Male and female reproductive structures are described and illustrated by Rindge (1954), with keys provided for both sexes covering all species in North America
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
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: The majority of our records come from Longleaf Pine savannas and flatwoods. Other records come from in or near old fields.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae have been recorded on Symphyotrichum ericoides (=Aster multiflorus), Coreopsis auriculata, and Coreopsis grandiflora (Rindge, 1954); other members of the Compositae seem likely to be used. - View
See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4 S3S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Tornos scolopacinaria - Dimorphic Gray Moth

Photos: 7

Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Bo Sullivan on 2023-05-17
Moore Co.
Recorded by: R. Newman on 2022-08-31
Carteret Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-05-30
Moore Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Bo Sullivan on 2021-08-09
Moore Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Bo Sullivan and Steve Hall on 2021-06-08
Scotland Co.
Recorded by: Robert Gilson on 2015-07-15
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2011-03-22
Camden Co.