Moths of North Carolina
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19 NC Records

Apamea amputatrix (Fitch, 1857) - Yellow-headed Cutworm Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ApameiniP3 Number: 932333.00 MONA Number: 9348.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); 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
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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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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come mainly from high elevations, where they are associated with high elevation forests, bald-like semi-natural grasslands, and alluvial habitats.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on a wide range of herbaceous plants, including both grasses and forbs; a number of crop species are used, including cabbage, lettuce, corn, currants, roses, spinach, and wheat (Mikkola et al., 2009)
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S3S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Apamea amputatrix - Yellow-headed Cutworm Moth

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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2020-08-14
Yancey Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Becky Elkin, Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2019-07-30
Yancey Co.