Moths of North Carolina
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Apamea devastator (Brace, 1819) - Glassy Cutworm Moth

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Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ApameiniP3 Number: 932350.00 MONA Number: 9382.00
Comments: A Holarctic genus of about 140 species, with 63 recorded in North America, mostly from boreal or montane habitats (Mikkola et al., 2009). Seventeen species occur in North Carolina with the majority of records coming from the mountains.
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Crymodes devastator); 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) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on sod grasses, as well as a wide range of other grasses and forbs. Mikkola et al. (2009) list wheat, oats, barley, corn, tobacco, beets, strawberries, geraniums, lettuce, peach, alfalfa, and cabbage. We do not have any feeding records in North Carolina. - View
Status in North Carolina
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State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2020-07-30
Cabarrus Co.