Moths of North Carolina
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137 NC Records

Haploa clymene (Brown, 1776) - Clymene Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ArctiinaeTribe: ArctiiniP3 Number: 930341.00 MONA Number: 8107.00
Comments: One of six species currently recognized in North America, all of which occur in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1960)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1960); Wagner (2005)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Unmistakeable. Hind-wings are bright orange or yellow, which is true only for this species and colona among the Haploas. The forewings are cream or whitish and outlined on all margins with black (usually interrupted at the wing angles). Differs from colona and other Haploas in possessing a strong spur projecting up from the inner margin in the postmedial area and usually lacking black lines or spurs running downward from the costa (a line or spur may rarely be present in the antemedian area, but the yellow hindwing and strong postmedial spur should still distinguish clymene from any of other Haploa). Appears to lack any form that has completely pale forewings (as is occurs in colona and other Haploas).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are yellow and black striped with sparse hair and warts, as is true for several other Haploas. Clymene larvae tend to be more yellow-brown -- including stripes and lateral spines -- than the other species and have more confluent spiracular and subspiracular stripes (Wagner, 2005).
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Probably 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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Flight Comments: Has a single, mid-summer flight in all parts of the state
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: We have records from a wide variety of open and wooded habitats, ranging from maritime forests and barrier island dunes, to riparian forests, and to dry ridges and barrens. We do not have any records, however, from peatlands or the most xeric types of sandhills. Records from Longleaf Pine communities are also generally sparse.
Larval Host Plants: Probably polyphagous, feeding on many species of herbaceous and woody plants, but possibly preferring species in the Asteraceae and Boraginaceae (Forbes, 1960; Wagner, 2005).
Observation Methods: Comes moderately well to blacklights, but none of our records come from bait; flushes easily during the day and appears to be at least partially diurnal
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Forests and Fields
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 species is widely distributed over the state and occupies a broad set of habitats, and is apparently secure

 Photo Gallery for Haploa clymene - Clymene Moth

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

Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-07-17
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-07-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-07-08
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Tracy S. Feldman on 2022-07-05
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-07-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Becky Watkins on 2022-06-30
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-06-29
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-06-29
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2022-06-28
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-07-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-07-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-06-28
Harnett Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-06-21
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-18
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-08-03
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-07-27
Alamance Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-07-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2018-07-17
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: F. Williams, S. Williams on 2017-11-15
Gates Co.
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Recorded by: Amanda Auxier on 2017-07-31
Pender Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2017-07-22
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: D. Joyce on 2015-07-15
Surry Co.
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