Moths of North Carolina
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Argyrogramma verruca (Fabricius, 1794) - Golden Looper


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: PlusiinaeTribe: ArgyrogrammatiniP3 Number: 931166.00 MONA Number: 8885.00
Comments: The sole member of its genus that occurs in the New World; the two other species are found in the Old World (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991).
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A medium-sized Looper with predominantly metallic copper, gold, or yellowish forewings. The median area below the stigma to the inner margin is usually heavily golden, as is the subterminal area. Other portions of the forewings may be shaded with brown, especially the median area from the costa to the stigma. The stigma is either silver or gold (Forbes, 1954); the basal portion is rounded and the trailing spot is usually small. Two other Loopers, Chrysodeixis includens and Autographa precationis, also have patches with a bronzy, metallic sheen, but that are more limited in extent and with a darker brown underlying color, particularly in the median area below the stigma. The basal portion of the stigma is more pointed in precationis and the posterior spot is usually larger in both of these species than in verruca.
Wingspan: 30 mm (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: Our records come primarily from open habitats, including both natural and disturbed
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on many species of herbaceous plants, including arrowhead, dock, and tobacco (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Fields, Gardens, and Ruderal Habitats
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 Argyrogramma verruca - Golden Looper

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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2021-10-15
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-10-14
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-09-28
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: J. A. Anderson on 2021-09-28
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-11-05
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-10-19
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-10-19
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-10-07
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-09-27
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-09-27
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-09-19
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-09-04
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2019-08-30
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-08-07
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-08-07
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-08-04
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-04
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-08
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-08
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-08
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2018-10-02
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2017-10-22
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2016-09-10
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Coin, C. Sorenson on 2015-07-24
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf, Kyle Kittelberger on 2014-10-11
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf, Kyle Kittelberger on 2014-10-11
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf, Kyle Kittelberger on 2014-10-11
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf on 2014-10-11
Dare Co.
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