Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFErebidae Members: 31 NC Records

Idia denticulalis (Harvey, 1875) - Toothed Idia Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: HerminiinaeP3 Number: 930481.00 MONA Number: 8333.00
Comments: One of eighteen species recorded in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), twelve of which are found in North Carolina.
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954)                                                                                 
Adult Structural Features: Belongs to Forbes' subgenus Pseudaglossa, characterized by long palps -- reaching the vertex -- and with the third segement very long, conical, and smoothly scaled (Forbes, 1954).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
Distribution in North Carolina
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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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Most of our records come from riparian habitats, shorelines, or other wet forested areas. A few also come from cove forests and from one ridge in the Piedmont that has a large number of upland depressions.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on dead leaves and other detritus; also on lichens (Wagner et al., 2011)
See also Habitat Account for General Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4 S3S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Idia denticulalis - Toothed Idia Moth

Photos: 2

Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2013-06-14
Cabarrus Co.
Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2011-06-30
Wake Co.