Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFErebidae Members: 54 NC Records

Metalectra tantillus (Grote, 1875) - Black Fungus Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: BoletobiinaeP3 Number: 930682.00 MONA Number: 8502.00
Comments: One of eleven species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), six of which have been recorded in North Carolina.
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
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
Larval Host Plants: Larvae probably feed on both algae and lichens (Wagner et al., 2011)
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 Metalectra tantillus - Black Fungus Moth

Photos: 3

Recorded by: J. A. Anderson on 2015-07-07
Surry Co.
Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-05-10
Dare Co.
Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2012-07-03
Camden Co.