Moths of North Carolina
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294 NC Records

Meganola phylla (Dyar, 1898) - Coastal Plain Meganola


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NolidaeSubfamily: NolinaeP3 Number: 931122.00 MONA Number: 8983.10
Comments: One of eight described species in this genus that occur in North America, three of which are found in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult Markings: All three of our Meganola species are relatively small gray moths with similar markings. Compared to both Meganola minusculua and spodia, M. phylla has a more sharply defined, darker black spot at the center of the costa and darker black shading at the base of the costa, but comparatively weaker lines, with the postmedian often single rather than double opposite the cell (Dyar, 1898; Forbes, 1948). Meganola phylla also typically has a well-defined dark blotch near the posterior margin of the thorax. Nola triquetrana is similar in size and color, also possessing strong dark spots along the costa, but has an additional third spot at the costal end of the antemedian line that is missing in M. phylla. It also lacks the dark thoracic blotch that is present on M. phylla.
Wingspan: 17-18 mm (Forbes, 1960; measurement for minuscula, which Forbes considered to be very similar)
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) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats:
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Beech and Oaks (Wagner et al., 2011) - View
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR 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 Meganola phylla - Coastal Plain Meganola

155 photos are available. Only the most recent 30 are shown.

Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-05-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Basinger on 2024-05-12
Rowan Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-05-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-29
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-29
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-29
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-29
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-04-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Emily Stanley on 2024-04-24
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2024-04-22
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2024-04-20
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2024-04-18
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2024-04-16
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2024-04-14
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Dunn on 2024-04-14
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Jeff Niznik on 2024-04-01
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2023-08-18
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Chuck Smith on 2023-08-16
Davidson Co.
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Recorded by: Chuck Smith on 2023-08-10
Davidson Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2023-08-10
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Chuck Smith on 2023-08-09
Davidson Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-08-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-07-31
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2023-07-31
Swain Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Rich Teper, Becky Watkins on 2023-07-30
Swain Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik, Rich Teper, Becky Watkins on 2023-07-29
Swain Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2023-07-28
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2023-07-28
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Dunn, Jeff Niznik on 2023-07-26
Chatham Co.
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