Moths of North Carolina
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Ponometia exigua (Fabricius, 1793) - No Common Name

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Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: AcontiinaeTribe: AcontiiniP3 Number: 931335.00 MONA Number: 9115.00
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: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Poole (2016)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A medium-small, dimorphically-colored Acontiine. The head, thorax, and ground color of the forewings is orange-brown in the male
Forewing Length: 11 mm (Poole, 2016)
Adult Structural Features: Male and female reproductive structures are illustrated by Poole (2016)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Apparently undescribed (Poole, 2016)
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Recorded in the southern half of the Outer Coastal Plain in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Flight Comments: Our one record comes from August
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Habitats used in North Carolina -- if it is in fact resident in the state -- are unclear
Larval Host Plants: Unknown (Poole, 2016) - View
Observation Methods: Collected at lights
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: [GNR SU]
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: This is primarily a Neotropical species and may be only a rare stray in North Carolina. Its residency status needs to be determined before it is placed even on the Watch List.

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Recorded by: Bo Sullivan on 1994-08-16
Craven Co.
Comment: Female