Moths of North Carolina
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199 NC Records

Dyspteris abortivaria (Herrich-Schäffer, [1855]) - Badwing Moth



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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Geometroidea Family: GeometridaeSubfamily: LarentiinaeTribe: LobophoriniP3 Number: 910489.00 MONA Number: 7648.00
Comments: A genus of some 22 species; mostly neotropical but with a single species in the US, which occurs throughout North Carolina.
Species Status: Specimens from North Carolina have been barcoded as have many from other places around the country. There is enough heterogeneity in the results to warrent further studies to look for sibling species. One sample from Carteret County differs by more than 2% from most other individuals and a sample from Florida seem outlying as well, although the two are not the same. In Costa Rica -- covering an area about the territorial size of West Virginia -- there are approximately 14 separate species by barcodes, most of them distinct but without names.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1948)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Wagner et al. (2001)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: The green color is unique, as is the reduction in the hindwings. Numerous Nemorines are greenish but none have the almost aquamarine color of this species. Sexes are similar.
Wingspan: 28 mm (Forbes, 1948)
Adult Structural Features: Both males and females have distinct genitalia with a number of unusual characters which should verify the species in cases where there is doubt. Males have pectinate antennae with extremely long branches.
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Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are yellowish, with thorn-like projections on the first thoracic segment (Wagner et al., 2001). The caterpillar seems to be mimicking either grape tendrils or petioles. Forbes (1948) mentions that the caterpillar forms a shelter by folding together leaves, but Wagner et al. were unable to confirm this behavior. More information is needed on the details of its life history.
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Probably occurs statewide
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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Immature Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Flight Comments: Apparently there are two to three broods of adults over much of the state.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come from virtually all grape-containing habitats in the state, which range from open beach dunes on the Barrier Islands to bottomland forests to mountain ridges.
Larval Host Plants: Larva reported from grape (Vitis) (Forbes, 1948; Wagner et al., 2001), members of which genus genus are found throughout North Carolina. - View
Observation Methods: Adults come readily to light but not to bait. Adults are often seen during the day at damp or streamside sites. Adults are often found around puddles or small rivulets imbibing liquid, which is subsequently shot out of the anus in an obvious stream. The function of this apparent cleansing behavior is unknown.
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Vitaceous Tangles
Status in North Carolina
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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.
Comments: With its broad range across the state, its use of common host plants, and it wide range of habitat associations, this species appears to be quite secure in North Carolina.

 Photo Gallery for Dyspteris abortivaria - Badwing Moth

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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-05-16
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Mark Basinger and Becky Elkin on 2024-05-16
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-05-14
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Regina Patton on 2024-05-09
Jackson Co.
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Recorded by: Andrew W. Jones on 2024-05-06
Polk Co.
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Recorded by: Emily Stanley on 2024-04-29
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-29
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-29
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2024-04-16
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-04-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2024-04-14
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-04-13
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2024-04-10
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-03-23
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-03-23
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2023-09-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Rich Teper, Becky Watkins on 2023-07-30
Swain Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Rich Teper, Becky Watkins on 2023-07-29
Swain Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2023-07-28
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2023-07-27
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jeff Niznik, Stephen Dunn on 2023-07-26
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2023-06-25
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2023-06-18
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Dunn on 2023-06-18
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Travis McLain on 2023-06-17
Watauga Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-04-20
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2023-04-20
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-04-18
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Chuck Smith on 2023-04-05
Montgomery Co.
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