Moths of North Carolina
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Cisseps fulvicollis (Hübner, [1818]) - Yellow-collared Scape Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ArctiinaeTribe: ArctiiniP3 Number: 930440.00 MONA Number: 8267.00
Comments: One of three species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), and the only one found in North Carolina
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1960)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Fore-wings are narrow and colored brown to blackish gray; the head is black with a yellow or orange vertex; the collar is also yellow or orange, the thorax dark gray, and the body deep blue-black. Sometimes confused with Ctenucha virginica, which has similar coloration but is much larger, broader-winged, and has an iridescent blue thorax (and not yet observed south of Virginia). Also similar to Harrisina americana, which is smaller, more slender, and with the abdomen widened posteriorly; males of Harrissina also have more broadly pectinate antennae. Acoloithus falsarius is another similarly colored, narrow-winged species but is much smaller. Usually, a good quality photograph should be sufficient as the basis for a record for this species.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are fairly distinctive, with yellow and dark brown longitudinal stripes and comparatively sparse and silky setae (Forbes, 1960; Wagner, 2005).
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Probably 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: Wagner (2005) states that there are two to three principal generations per year, which appear to be supported by our data.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Found in a wide variety of open and forested habitats, ranging from dune grasslands and maritime forests on the barrier islands to river bottoms, sandhills, and dry ridges; uses old field habitats and other disturbed areas in addition to purely natural areas.
Larval Host Plants: Oligophagous, feeding on grasses and sedges (Wagner, 2005)
Observation Methods: Diurnally active and often seen feeding on flowers. Also comes well to blacklights, with up to 77 being collected in a single trap
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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: Abundant, widespread, and occupying a very wide range of habitats; this species is one of the most secure in the state

 Photo Gallery for Cisseps fulvicollis - Yellow-collared Scape Moth

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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2021-05-22
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-04-28
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2020-09-24
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-02
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-07-22
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-07-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-03
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-03-28
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-08-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-07-31
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-07-24
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2019-07-24
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-12
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-03
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2019-06-20
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-27
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-10-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-09-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-08-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2018-06-19
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2018-06-19
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2017-10-03
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Salman Abdulali on 2017-09-24
Pitt Co.
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Recorded by: Salman Abdulali on 2017-09-24
Pitt Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2017-07-20
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: B. Fleming on 2014-10-24
Carteret Co.
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