Moths of North Carolina
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377 NC Records

Chrysodeixis includens (Walker, [1858]) - Soybean Looper


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: PlusiinaeTribe: ArgyrogrammatiniP3 Number: 931170.00 MONA Number: 8890.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Pseudoplusia includens); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954, as Plusia includens); Lafontaine and Poole (1991)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A medium-sized, dark brown Looper, with some areas of the forewing having a bronzy luster. The silvery stigma is the most conspicuous mark, composed of an open loop followed by solid silver spot that may be separate or partially joined to the loop. Chrysodeixis includens and Autographa precationis are similar in size, pattern, and coloration. In C. includens, the stigma is rounded and U-shaped whereas it is a more pointed V-shape in A. precationis. Chrysodeixis includens also has two dark wedges that are absent in A. precationis, one projecting outward from the basal line and one located in the terminal area (see Forbes, 1954, for details).
Wingspan: 35 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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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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Immature 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: Wagner et al. (2011) list fields, gardens, greehouses, agricultural fields, waste places, and other open and early successional fields as habitats used by this species.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are polyphagous on herbaceous plants, including many crop species (Wagner et al., 2011)
Observation Methods: Frequently seen at dusk or after dark nectaring on flowers. The presence of pollinia on some specimens indiate that they visit milkweed flowers.
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See also Habitat Account for General Fields, Gardens, and Ruderal Habitats
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S5
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 Chrysodeixis includens - Soybean Looper

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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-24
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2023-11-09
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-11-07
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-30
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-29
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-26
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-22
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-13
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-10
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2023-10-09
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-07
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2023-10-05
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-10-02
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Rich Teper on 2023-09-25
Caswell Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2023-09-24
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2023-09-24
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Terrell Tucker on 2023-09-21
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-09-21
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-09-19
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-09-15
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2023-09-15
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2023-09-12
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2023-09-12
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2023-09-11
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2023-09-11
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2023-09-09
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-09-07
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-09-02
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-08-31
Wilson Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2023-08-31
Wilson Co.
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