Moths of North Carolina
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15 NC Records

Neoplynes eudora (Dyar, 1894) - No Common Name

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ArctiinaeTribe: ArctiiniP3 Number: 930400.00 MONA Number: 8101.00
Comments: The sole member of its genus in North America. Neoplynes had been included in the Lichen Moths in the MONA Checklist but was moved to the Arctiini by Ferguson and Opler (2006).
Field Guide Descriptions: (None)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Dyar (1894 -- description; available online via Bugguide)Technical Description, Immature Stages: (None)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Similar in size and shape to Pagara simplex but has translucent white wings instead of grayish-brown and a white abdomen instead of yellow with gray spots (Dyar, 1894). Smaller than Cycnia species and more translucent; also lacks the yellow costal edge found in C. tenera.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larval descriptions appear to be unavailable.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Found only along the immediate coast, from Carteret County southward
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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: Recorded over most of the growing season
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: All of our records come from the borders of salt marshes or from adjoining dune habitats.
Larval Host Plants: Larval host plants are unknown (Heppner, 2003)
Observation Methods: Comes at least moderately well to blacklights and building lights; no efforts have been made to sample it using bait
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status: W3
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S2S3
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands. Currently placed on the NHP Watchlist.
Comments: Appears to be restricted to marsh edges along barrier islands where it is likely to be vulnerable to coastal development. Sea-level rise is also likely to cause loss of habitat, although may create new habitat in other areas.

 Photo Gallery for Neoplynes eudora - No common name

Photos: 5

Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-06-26
Carteret Co.
Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-03-02
Carteret Co.
Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-03-02
Carteret Co.
Recorded by: Newman, Randy on 2005-08-24
Carteret Co.
Recorded by: Newman, Randy on 2005-05-10
Carteret Co.