Moths of North Carolina
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125 NC Records

Metalectra quadrisignata (Walker, [1858]) - Four-spotted Fungus Moth

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Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: BoletobiinaeP3 Number: 930680.00 MONA Number: 8500.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); 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
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: Our records come mainly from areas where hardwoods are present, ranging from wet to xeric sites
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on various kinds of fungi, but possibly with a preference for bracket fungus (Wagner et al., 2011)
See also Habitat Account for General Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S4S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Metalectra quadrisignata - Four-spotted Fungus Moth

Photos: 13

Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-06-25
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-06-18
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Stephen Hall, Ed Corey, Jim Petranka, Becky Elkin, Tom Howard, Carol Tingley, Brian Bockhahn, and Van Cotter on 2021-09-29
Durham Co.
Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2020-07-18
Cabarrus Co.
Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-08-24
Buncombe Co.
Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-19
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-19
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-24
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Amanda Auxier on 2017-05-25
Pender Co.
Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-05-18
Dare Co.
Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2011-08-02
Randolph Co.
Comment: Although this specimen has a somewhat mottled appearance, the dark areas are a fairly solid color and there also is a narrow, zig-zag medial line consistent with quadrisignata
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-08-31
Warren Co.
Recorded by: Newman, Randy on 2007-05-25
Carteret Co.