Moths of North Carolina
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37 NC Records

Anterastria teratophora (Herrich-Schäffer, [1854]) - Gray Marvel Moth



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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: PseudeustrotiiniP3 Number: 932207.00 MONA Number: 9284.00
Comments: The genus Anterastria contains two species and one of them occurs in North Carolina. The other is confined to eastern Asia.
Species Status: Specimens from North Carolina have been studied and their sequences are identical to those from Illinois and Ontario. Identical sequences are usually restricted to widely ranging species where migration eliminates local differentiation. Furthermore, it appears that the sequences of the Asian species are most similar to our Anterastria indicating the recent movement of the species from the genus Agriopodes to Anterastria was correct.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Agriopodes teratophora); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1954); Crumb (1955); Wagner et al. (2011)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Our species is easily identified by its maculation, a blackish moth with a single large white reniform patch on each forewing. It most closely resembles some of the smaller species of Acronicta but none of them have the distinct white reniform patch. Sexes are similar.
Wingspan: 25 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult Structural Features: Both sexes have reproductive structures with distinct characters.
Structural photos
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are green with a white subdorsal stripe (Forbes, 1954). A larvae illustrated by Wagner et al. (2011) has a thin white mid-dorsal line, as well as one located on the lower side of the body; Crumb (1955), however, says that it completely lacks a mid-dorsal pale line.
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: While the species is known from much of North America, in North Carolina it seems to be found primarily in the Mountains, with one record from the western Piedmont
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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