Moths of North Carolina
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Oligocentria semirufescens (Walker, 1865) - Red-washed Prominent


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NotodontidaeSubfamily: HeterocampinaeP3 Number: 930105.00 MONA Number: 8012.00
Species Status: The forewings are dull reddish with a variable amount of luteous shading (Forbes, 1948). The basal dash is nearly obsolete and a dark patch is located over and/or beyond the reniform dot; in our specimens this patch is greenish rather than blackish and there are additional greenish streaks in the subterminal area. Our specimens often have another dark tornal patch and a pale, subapical streak. A pale postmedian is usually traceable near the inner margin. The thorax is gray and contrasting. Schizura concinna is similar but smaller and lacks the dark patch over the discal dot.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Wingspan: 40 mm (Forbes, 1948)
Adult Structural Features: The eighth sternite of the males is simply emarginate rather than notched, as in Schizura concinna (Forbes,1948). The forewing is more pointed than in concinna, which is usually truncated.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
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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: Woodlands and forests (Wagner, 2005). The majority of our records come from wet to mesic sites.
Larval Host Plants: Polyphagous, feeding on hardwood trees and shrubs but apparently with a preference for Poplars and Willows (Wagner, 2005)
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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.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-08-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-08-02
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2021-07-15
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-22
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-22
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-05-26
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-05-26
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-02
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2019-08-26
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2019-08-26
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-07-26
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-07-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2018-08-14
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2018-08-07
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2018-08-07
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2018-08-06
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2018-07-19
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Bo Sullivan on 2018-07-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: B.Fleming on 2017-06-26
Gates Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2017-05-18
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2016-08-01
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2016-08-01
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2016-07-30
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-08-30
Warren Co.
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