Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFErebidae Members: 141 NC Records

Mocis latipes (Guenée, 1852) - Small Mocis Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: EuclidiiniP3 Number: 930942.00 MONA Number: 8743.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Strongly mottled and usually with a distinct median band and circular subreniform spot (Forbes, 1954)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
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: The majority (well over 80%) of our records come from the Coastal Plain, including from maritime dunes, savannas, and sand ridges
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on grasses, including crops such as corn, rice, sorgham, and sugarcane; turf grasses; and pasture grasses (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Successional and Semi-Natural Grasslands
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S4S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Mocis latipes - Small Mocis Moth

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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-09-11
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2020-08-10
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-10-31
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-10-31
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-10-31
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Christa Rogers on 2016-09-20
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-10-10
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-10-09
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Newman, Randy on 2006-11-04
Carteret Co.
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