Moths of North Carolina
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46 NC Records

Gondysia smithii (Guenée, 1852) - Smith's Darkwing

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: PoaphiliniP3 Number: 930959.00 MONA Number: 8726.00
Comments: One of four species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), all of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Disgonia smithi)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
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: According to Wagner (pers. comm. to JBS, 2014), larvae of either G. smithii or G. telma have been reared on Styrax. Based on its association with upland forests, Styrax grandifolius, which grows primarily in mesic hardwoods, seems like the most likely choice. - View
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 Gondysia smithii - Smith's Darkwing

Photos: 4

Recorded by: John Petranka on 2022-06-04
Orange Co.
Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2020-07-17
Cabarrus Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-06-21
Warren Co.
Recorded by: B. Bockhahn on 2010-05-02
Wake Co.