Moths of North Carolina
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Campaea perlata (Guenée, [1858]) - Pale Beauty Moth



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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Geometroidea Family: GeometridaeSubfamily: EnnominaeTribe: CampaeiniP3 Number: 911226.00 MONA Number: 6796.00
Comments: The genus Campaea contains 5 species found in North America, Europe, India and China. Our single species is distributed over much of North America.
Species Status: Specimens from North Carolina have been bar-coded and are very similar to those from throughout the country other than a divergent group from the Pacific Northwest.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1948)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1948); Wagner et al. (2001)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A medium-large, translucent whitish to pale green Geometrid; the sole markings are the relatively straight, antemedian and posmedian lines, both of which are white and bordered medially by green or greenish-brown. Sexes are similar. The species is quite distinct and unlikely to be confused with any other North American species. Tetracis cachexiata has a similar shape but its ground color is off white and the single crossline is dark and quite different in color from that of Campaea.
Wingspan: 35-50 mm (Forbes, 1948)
Adult Structural Features: Male antennae are bipectinate except at the apex, which is simple (Forbes, 1954). Pectinations are naked and are attached at the base of the antennal segments. Female antennae are fasciculate. Both pairs of spurs on the hind tibiae are well-developed. Male and female genitalia are quite distinct from those of any species likely to be confused with Campaea.
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Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Caterpillars are twig mimics with lateral fringes, similar to many caterpillars of Catocala but quite different in shape (more rounded). An extra set of prolegs on A5 along with the fringe of hairs are distinctive (Wagner et al., 2001).
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Associated with woodland habitats in the western half of our state, including monadnocks in the western Piedmont. The eastern limits of its distribution are largely unknown nor is it clear why it does not extend widely into the Piedmont or Coastal Plain.
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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Flight Comments: The species begins flight in May and continues into October indicating at least two broods occur each year.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come from a wide range of montane forests and from a variety of elevations, ranging from around 2000' to over 6000'.
Larval Host Plants: Polyphagous, the larvae have been found on a wide array of woody plants including some evergreens, e.g., fir and hemlock (Wagner et al., 2001).
Observation Methods: Adults readily come to light and can be flushed from the undergrowth during the day. Attraction to bait seems unlikely.
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 [S5]
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: This species is widespread and common in the mountains, where it occupies a wide range of habitats and elevations. Currently, at least, it appears to be secure within the state, although like other montane species, may be affected by global climate change.

 Photo Gallery for Campaea perlata - Pale Beauty Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-09-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2021-09-14
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-09-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-09-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-08-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-30
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2021-05-22
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-05-18
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-10-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-22
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-18
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-09-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Adrienne Fortune on 2020-06-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Adrienne Fortune on 2020-06-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Heather Burditt on 2020-06-01
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-05-23
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Owen and Pat McConnell on 2019-09-20
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Owen and Pat McConnell on 2019-09-17
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-04
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Owen and Pat McConnell on 2019-06-01
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-28
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2019-05-27
Watauga Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-06-01
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-05-29
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2018-05-24
Buncombe Co.
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