Moths of North Carolina
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172 NC Records

Hypercompe scribonia (Stoll, [1790]) - Giant Leopard Moth



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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ArctiinaeTribe: ArctiiniP3 Number: 930323.00 MONA Number: 8146.00 MONA Synonym: Ecpantheria scribonia
Comments: One of six species in this genus that occurs in North America and the only one found in our area
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Ecpantheria scribonia); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1960)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1960); Wagner (2005)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: The large white adults with black or blue ringed-shaped spots on the forewings and thorax and blue and orange colored abdomens are unmistakable.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Late instar larvae are large, and bristly black, with red spiracles and prominent red or brown inter-segmental rings (Forbes, 1960; Wagner, 2005); earlier instars may be colored dark brown and orange (Wagner, 2005). The bristles are stiffer than in Spilosoma species, some forms of which may be blackish and have red markings (e.g., S. congrua -- see Wagner, 2005). Grammia virgo also have large, black, bristly larvae with reddish spiracles but have tan setal warts rather than the dark brown warts found in Hypercompe (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
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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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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: Possibly single-brooded in the Mountains, but may be continuously present during the growing season in the Coastal Plain; more data are needed to determine if there are distinct peaks in adult activity
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: We have records from a variety of habitats, including barrier island dunes and maritime forests; riparian and lakeshore hardwood forests; and dry Piedmont and Mountain ridges. We lack records, however, from Longleaf Pine savannas and flatwoods, as well as pocosins and pond pine woodlands, indicating that it may not be adapted to fire-maintained habitats.
Larval Host Plants: Polyphagous, feeding on a large variety of both herbaceous and woody plants (Forbes, 1960; Wagner, 2005)
Observation Methods: Appears to come only moderately to blacklights, mostly as single individuals. Wagner (2005) says that it is only the males that commonly show up at lights. Not recorded at bait.
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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: Although we are not certain about the abundance of this species and the adequacy of sampling methods, it occurs throughout the state and uses a wide variety of habitats, including residential areas, making it appear to be fairly secure.

 Photo Gallery for Hypercompe scribonia - Giant Leopard Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-07-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-03
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-02
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Richard Teper on 2022-06-26
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-26
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-22
Caswell Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-21
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2022-06-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2022-06-06
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Richard Teper on 2022-06-05
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Marilyn Westphal on 2022-06-02
Henderson Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Becky Watkins on 2022-05-24
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2021-08-27
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-08-27
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-08-18
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-21
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2021-07-21
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-15
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-07-08
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: jim Petranka on 2021-06-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2021-06-23
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-14
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-14
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-23
Wake Co.
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