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181 NC Records

Crambidia uniformis Dyar, 1898 - Uniform Lichen Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ArctiinaeTribe: LithosiiniP3 Number: 930220.00 MONA Number: 8046.00
Comments: One of eleven named species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2015), of which six been recorded in North Carolina (several others are still undescribed)
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuideTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1960)Technical Description, Immature Stages: (None)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Dark blackish gray, with light shading on the veins but without any shading into the grayish brown ground color found in the pallida complex; usually narrower (with wings folded) than the pallida complex and smaller than at least some forms of that group. Both sexes are similar in coloration and have simple antennae, separating them from lithosiodes; females also lack the yellow costa found in the otherwise similarly darkly colored females of lithosiodes. Forbes (1960) illustrates the valves of the male and there are at least some small differences that appear to separate uniformis from pallida.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Descriptions of the larvae are apparently unavailable.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Probably occurs over most of the state except possibly the High Mountains
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: May have two distinct flights
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Appears to be strongly associated with hardwood forests; much scarcer in Longleaf Pine habitats than either lithosiodes or the pallida complex and not recorded at all from peatlands. Occurs most frequently in mesic and riparian hardwoods but has also been recorded in drier forests, including maritime forests and at least some ridges in the Piedmont and Mountains.
Larval Host Plants: Like most Lithosiines, probably feeds on lichens, bark algae, and Cyanobacteria (Covell, 1984; Wagner, 2005).
Observation Methods: Comes commonly to abundantly to blacklight traps. Rarely, if ever, attracted to bait.
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: [GNR S5]
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands
Comments: Given the commonness of their host plants, wide habitat range -- including suburban areas -- and statewide distribution, this species can easily recover from localized losses and is likely to be secure within the state.

 Photo Gallery for Crambidia uniformis - Uniform Lichen Moth

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

Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2022-06-22
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-21
Caswell Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-06-09
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson, Brian Bockhahn on 2022-06-07
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2022-05-27
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-09-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-09-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-06-28
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-06-21
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-06-17
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-06-07
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-05-27
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-26
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-09-16
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-14
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-05
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-06-28
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-06-09
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-06-03
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-02
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-24
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-06-19
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-03
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-08
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2017-09-21
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2017-05-11
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-09-11
Orange Co.
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