Moths of North Carolina
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97 NC Records

Ponometia candefacta (Hübner, [1831]) - Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: AcontiinaeTribe: AcontiiniP3 Number: 931314.00 MONA Number: 9090.00
Comments: One of 34 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), six of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Tarachidia candefacta); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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 primarily from open herbaceous habitats, including maritime dune grasslands; Longleaf Pine savannas, flatwoods, and sand ridges; lake shorelines; and wet meadows
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Ragweeds, including Annual and Giant Ragweed (Wagner et al., 2011)
See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Ponometia candefacta - Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth

Photos: 11

Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2022-08-28
Scotland Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Bo Sullivan, and Steve Hall on 2022-07-25
Moore Co.
Recorded by: Jeff Niznik on 2022-07-23
Wake Co.
Recorded by: Richard Teper on 2022-05-31
Moore Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Bo Sullivan on 2021-08-09
Moore Co.
Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2020-08-09
Cabarrus Co.
Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-08-12
Orange Co.
Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-06-01
Graham Co.
Recorded by: F. Williams, S. Williams on 2017-06-30
Gates Co.
Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan on 2013-05-10
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: ASH, NEW on 2011-08-26
Moore Co.