Moths of North Carolina
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Nycteola metaspilella (Walker, 1866) - Forgotten Frigid Owlet Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NolidaeSubfamily: ChloephorinaeTribe: SarrothripiniP3 Number: 931145.00 MONA Number: 8978.00 MONA Synonym: Nycteola scriptana
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Rindge (1961)                                                                                 
Adult Structural Features: Both male and female reproductive structures are distinctive -- Rindge (1961) provides a key to the North American species based on these features (see Fletcher, 1959, and Rindge, 1961, for illustrations).
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: We have a few records from habitats where Balsam Poplar occurs, but the majority come from shoreline habitats where willows are the likely host plants
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Bigtooth Aspen, Balsam Poplar, and various willows (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for Shoreline Shrublands
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR 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 Nycteola metaspilella - Forgotten Frigid Owlet Moth

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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-07-20
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-10
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-05-11
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-04-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-04-07
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-04-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-12
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-03-09
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-02-28
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-07-20
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-07-11
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-02
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-05-24
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-05-17
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-03-13
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-02-12
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-02-12
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-02-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2019-09-10
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-25
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-25
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Owen and Pat McConnell on 2019-06-06
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-03
Guilford Co.
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