Moths of North Carolina
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Idaea bonifata (Hulst, 1887) - No Common Name


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Geometroidea Family: GeometridaeSubfamily: SterrhinaeTribe: SterrhiniP3 Number: 910508.00 MONA Number: 7102.00
Comments: One of thirty species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pohl et al., 2016). Thirteen have been recorded in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuideTechnical Description, Adults: Hulst (1887); Forbes (1948)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A small (one of the smallest Geometrids) yellowish to tan Wave. The face is black and strongly contrasting with the buff-colored inter-antennal ridge. The ground color of the forewings is buff and is crossed by several darker fuscous lines that are irregular in course and often interrupted; a strong, dark discal spot is also present, as are dots at the base of the fringe (Forbes, 1948). Hindwings are similar.
Wingspan: 11-14 mm (Forbes, 1948)
Adult Structural Features: Apparently undescribed
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are gray, flattened, and stout (Forbes, 1948)
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Most of our records come from the Mountains, but we have at least one record from the western Piedmont
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: Our records come from June and July
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come from somewhat both fairly dry woodlands and riparian forests
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on dried flowers and are often pests in herbaria (Forbes, 1948; Robinson et al., 2010)
Observation Methods: Comes to lights to some extent
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Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status: [W3]
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR SU
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: We have too few records to determine the distribution, abundance, host plants, or habitat affinities for this species in North Carolina. More such information is needed in order to assess its conservation status in this state.

 Photo Gallery for Idaea bonifata - No common name

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-10-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-09-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-09-13
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-06-09
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-13
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-22
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-07-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-09-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2018-08-14
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2016-08-04
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2016-06-01
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Doug Blatny/Jackie Nelson on 2012-07-03
Ashe Co.
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