Moths of North Carolina
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Pseudeva purpurigera (Walker, 1858) - Straight-lined Looper


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: PlusiinaeTribe: PlusiiniP3 Number: 931184.00 MONA Number: 8899.00
Comments: One of two species in this genus, only one of which occurs in North Carolina and the East; the other is Western (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 purpurigera); Lafontaine and Poole (1991)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A medium-sized, dull orange or yellow Looper with pink shading, flecked with brown, and with a bronzy sheen in the subterminal area (Forbes, 1948). No stigma is present and the other spots are often obscure. The most conspicuous marking is the pale postmedian line. Hindwings are pale fuscous.
Wingspan: 30 mm (Forbes, 1948)
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 sole record for this species comes from a cove forest
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Meadow Rue, including both Thalictrum dioicum and T. pubescens (=polygamum) (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991), both of which occur in mesic to wet forests in the Mountains and Piedmont
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Montane Mesic Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S1S2
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 Pseudeva purpurigera - Straight-lined Looper

Photos: 9

Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-07-08
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-07-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-07-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-07-04
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-12
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-12
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-12
Buncombe Co.
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