Moths of North Carolina
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Allagrapha aerea (Hübner, [1803]) - Unspotted Looper


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: PlusiinaeTribe: PlusiiniP3 Number: 931177.00 MONA Number: 8898.00
Comments: The sole member of its genus and occurring widely across eastern North America (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991)
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954, as Plusia aerea); Lafontane and Poole (1991)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A medium-sized Looper, with dark, umber or reddish-brown, apically-pointed forewings and light brown hindwings. No stigma is present. The head and thorax are usually orange and contrasting with the wings. Similar in size and wing shape to Diachrysia aeroides, but is usually darker and with more diffuse markings. Where visible, the postmedian is waved in aerea but straight in aeroides.
Wingspan: 28-40 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Forewing Length: 16-20 mm (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991)
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 from cove forests in the mountains to open, shoreline habitats in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are polyphagous on herbaceous plants, including Aster, Nettle, Goldenrod, and Soybean (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991; Wagner et al., 2011)
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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S3S4
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 Allagrapha aerea - Unspotted Looper

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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-01
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-08-09
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-05-21
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-05-21
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-09-21
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-25
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-19
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-03
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-25
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-20
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2018-09-14
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-13
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2018-06-01
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2018-06-01
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger, P. Scharf on 2015-06-18
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2013-10-13
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2013-07-16
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: Doug Blatny/Jackie Nelson on 2012-09-05
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2012-05-06
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-09-23
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis, FKW on 2009-09-29
Camden Co.
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