Moths of North Carolina
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Clemensia albata Packard, 1864 - Little White Lichen Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ArctiinaeTribe: LithosiiniP3 Number: 930215.00 MONA Number: 8098.00
Comments: One of three species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010). All three are found in North Carolina.
Species Status: All three North American species have been bar-coded and are distinct (Schmidt and Sullivan, 2018)
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1960); Schmidt and Sullivan (2018)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Wagner (2005)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Small with relatively broad wings; white or dingy yellow ground color on the forewings mottled with darker gray or brown, usually with a prominent dark reniform spot. Fairly easy to recognize over most of its range but can be confused with Clemensia umbrata in the Mountans and C. ochreata in the Coastal Plain; some of the Nolidae are also similar in size and overall color but usually lack the dark reniform seen in albata.
Forewing Length: 10.8 mm, males; 10.77 mm, average (Schmidt and Sullivan, 2018)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are greenish with dark mottling, a pale mid-dorsal stripe, and sparse setae (from illustration in Wagner, 2005).
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Found throughout the state
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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: Probably just two flights in the Mountains but three over the rest of the state
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come from virtually all types of forested or wooded habitats in the state, including martime forests, peatlands, Longleaf Pine communities, floodplain forests, mesic slopes, and dry ridgetops
Larval Host Plants: Stenophagous, feeding primarily on bark algae (Protococcus viridis) (McCabe, 1981)
Observation Methods: Comes well to blacklights, with up to 130 collected in a single trap; three of our records have been obtained 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: Widespread, ubiquitous, and using many types of habitat, this species is considered secure in North Carolina

 Photo Gallery for Clemensia albata - Little White Lichen Moth

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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2022-11-09
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2022-09-08
Alleghany Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2022-09-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2022-08-24
Clay Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2022-08-15
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2022-08-09
Watauga Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2022-06-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-05-19
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-05-18
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-04-02
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2021-09-14
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-09-12
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-09-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-09-12
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-09-10
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2021-09-10
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-08-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-15
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-05-22
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-05-21
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-05-20
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-05-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2021-05-16
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-04-23
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2021-04-16
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-22
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-09-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-26
Madison Co.
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