Moths of North Carolina
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159 NC Records

Lobocleta ossularia (Geyer, 1837) - Drab Brown Wave Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Geometroidea Family: GeometridaeSubfamily: SterrhinaeTribe: SterrhiniP3 Number: 910500.00 MONA Number: 7094.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult Markings: The front of the head is black and strongly contrasting with the rest of the body (Forbes, 1948). The inter-antennal ridge is heavily powdered with gray and is concolorous with the wings. The ground color of the wings is whitish or cream but they are typically heavily dusted with luteous or fuscous scales. The darker shading may be grouped into irregular lines, which when well separated allows the pale ground color to show. Black discal dots are well-developed and a terminal line of dark dots or bars, sometimes closely adjoining, is usually present.
Wingspan: 12-16 mm (Forbes, 1948)
Adult Structural Features: The antennae of the males are fasciculate (Forbes, 1948)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
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
Habitats: Our records come primarily from open habitats in the Coastal Plain, including maritime dunes, Longleaf Pine savannas, flatwoods, and sand ridges. We have a few records from the Piedmont, where old fields and lake shoreline habitats are used. Our few records from the Mountains come from wet meadows and one cedar barrens.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on low forbs, including Gallium, Stellaria, and Fragaria (Robinson et al., 2010) - View
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See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S4S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Lobocleta ossularia - Drab Brown Wave Moth

56 photos are available. Only the most recent 30 are shown.

Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-04-21
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-04-21
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik, Rich Teper on 2024-04-16
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik, Rich Teper on 2024-04-16
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2024-04-10
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2024-04-01
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2024-03-31
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2023-11-17
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2023-10-26
Pender Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-09
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-01
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-09-03
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Travis McLain on 2023-08-02
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2023-07-25
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2023-06-06
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2023-06-05
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2023-04-02
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2022-10-26
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2022-09-09
Alleghany Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2022-08-28
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Jeff Niznik on 2022-08-21
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Lior Carlson, Brian Bockhahn on 2022-08-09
Rockingham Co.
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Recorded by: Jeff Niznik on 2022-07-27
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Bo Sullivan, and Steve Hall on 2022-07-24
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2022-06-06
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2022-05-02
Pender Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-04-24
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2022-04-16
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2021-10-03
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-08-08
Carteret Co.
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