Moths of North Carolina
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28 NC Records

Hypena sordidula Grote, 1872 - Sordid Bomolocha

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: HypeninaeP3 Number: 930570.00 MONA Number: 8448.00
Comments: One of 29 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010). Fifteen species have been recorded in North Carolina.
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Bomolocha sordidula); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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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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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: North Carolina records come mainly from cove forests and alluvial forests in the Mountains; it also occupies at least a few rich alluvial forests in the Piedmont and possibly the Coastal Plain.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Wood Nettle (Wagner et al., 2011)
See also Habitat Account for Rich 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 Hypena sordidula - Sordid Bomolocha

Photos: 5

Recorded by: tom ward on 2022-05-13
Buncombe Co.
Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-04-30
Buncombe Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-03
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2018-07-28
Cabarrus Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-09
Madison Co.