Moths of North Carolina
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1 NC Records

Autoplusia egena (Guenée, 1852) - Bean-lead Skeletonizer Moth

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Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: PlusiinaeTribe: PlusiiniP3 Number: 931172.00 MONA Number: 8891.00
Comments: One of three species in this genus that occurs in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991). Only Autoplusia egena has been recorded in North Carolina, but another species, A. egenoides, occurs in Florida.
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Lafontaine and Poole (1991)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A medium-sized, rusty-brown looper with long, pointed, semi-falcate wings. The costal and basal portions of the wing are light tan, contrasting with dark brown patches located along the lower part of the median area and in the subterminal area. A crescentic, metallic bronzy patch occurs in the terminal area, following the evenly curved subterminal line to the apex (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991). Forewing spots are inconspicuous and the hind wings are fuscous.
Forewing Length: 15-20 mm (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Probably a rare stray to our area.
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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: Larvae are polyphagous on a wide range of herbaceous plants, including numerous crop species. Eichlin (1975) specifically lists celery, soybean, spearmint, Hollyhock, Groundsel-tree, carrot, larkspur (Delphinium), beans (Phaseolus), marigold, and vervain (Verbena). We do not have any feeding records in North Carolina. - View
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: [GNR] SNA
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: We have a single, historic record for this species. It probably occurs here only as a rare migratory species.