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873 NC Records

Hypoprepia fucosa Hübner, [1831] - Painted Lichen Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ArctiinaeTribe: LithosiiniP3 Number: 930205.00 MONA Number: 8090.00
Comments: One of four members of this genus in North America, two of which occur in North Carolina. Some populations of both fucosa and miniata show strong departures in size and coloration from the typical patterns and may represent undescribed species (Wagner, 2005).
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1960)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1960); Wagner (2005)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Tricolored, with bands of red, yellow, and slate gray bands on the forewings; the head is also usually yellowish, the thorax red with a central spot of gray, and the abdomen mostly gray; hindwings are usually pale pink with an outward border of gray. Smaller but similar in pattern to H. miniata, which is usually more strongly bicolored with scarlet and gray. Sizes and coloration of both species can vary, however, with some specimens having the tricolored pattern of fucosa as large as typical miniata. Fucosa usually has a narrower gray margin on the hindwings and miniata usually lacks the dark central spot on the thorax; the abdomen of miniata is also usually red (Forbes, 1960).
Wingspan: 25-35 mm (Forbes, 1960)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are mottled yellow on black, with strong black spines; the amount of yellow is usually reduced in fucosa compared to miniata (Wagner, 2005).
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: 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: Has two distinct flights in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain but only a single, mid-season flight in the Mountains, situated between the two flights in the eastern part of the state
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has one of the broadest range of habitats of any moth in the state. It is common to abundant in maritime forests and scrub, Coastal Fringe Sandhills, Longleaf Pine savannas and flatwoods, peatlands, riparian forests, mesic- and dry-to-xeric upland hardwoods.
Larval Host Plants: Like most Lithosiines, probably feeds on lichens, bark algae, and Cyanobacteria. - View
Observation Methods: Comes abundantly to blacklights but none of our records come from bait
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Forests
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
Comments: This is one of our most abundant and ubiquitous species, occurring in most forested and wooded habitats across the state. It appears to be quite secure.

 Photo Gallery for Hypoprepia fucosa - Painted Lichen Moth

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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn on 2024-07-14
Macon Co.
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Recorded by: Morgan Freese on 2024-07-13
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-07-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-07-10
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-07-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-06-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-06-24
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-06-23
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Patrick Coin on 2024-06-22
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Patrick Coin on 2024-06-22
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Patrick Coin on 2024-06-22
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Patrick Coin on 2024-06-22
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Patrick Coin on 2024-06-22
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-06-20
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Steve Hall, Patrick Coin, Mark Basinger on 2024-06-16
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-06-13
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2024-06-11
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-06-11
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-06-10
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Emily Stanley on 2024-06-09
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Regina Patton on 2024-06-07
Jackson Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-06-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Salman Abdulali on 2024-06-02
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-06-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-06-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-06-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: k.nealson on 2024-05-31
Vance Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Dunn on 2024-05-30
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-05-25
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2024-05-25
Durham Co.
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