Moths of North Carolina
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Cerma cerintha (Treitschke, 1826) - Tufted Bird-dropping Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: AcronictinaeP3 Number: 931501.00 MONA Number: 9062.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
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: Wagner et al. (2011) list barrens, fields, sandy openings, and woodland edges as habitats used by this species. Our records come mainly from cove forests and high elevation hardwoods in the mountains, and from shorelines and semi-natural habitats in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed primarily on Black Cherry and Hawthorn but also feed on other members of the Rosaceae, including Apple, Cotoneaster, and Plum (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Rosaceous Thickets
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S4
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 Cerma cerintha - Tufted Bird-dropping Moth

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

Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Bo Sullivan on 2021-08-09
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-08-06
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-30
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-07-23
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-24
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-24
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-06-07
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-06-05
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2021-05-31
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-05-17
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-05-15
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-07-10
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-24
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Heather Burditt on 2020-06-02
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-24
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-20
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-05
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-19
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-19
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-06-23
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-05-27
Guilford Co.
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