Moths of North Carolina
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31 NC Records

Scoliopteryx libatrix (Linnaeus, 1758) - Herald Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ScoliopteryginaeTribe: ScoliopteryginiP3 Number: 930601.00 MONA Number: 8555.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 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 almost entirely from sites where willow-containing wetlands are present
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed mainly on Willows, but also on poplars to some extent; birch has also been reported (Wagner et al., 2011) - View
See also Habitat Account for Shoreline Shrublands
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S3S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

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Photos: 4

Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2024-04-16
Buncombe Co.
Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2021-10-01
Ashe Co.
Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2020-05-23
Cabarrus Co.
Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2017-07-22
Mecklenburg Co.