Moths of North Carolina
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24 NC Records

Parapamea buffaloensis (Grote, 1877) - Buffalo Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ApameiniP3 Number: 932464.00 MONA Number: 9463.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
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 from shallow wetlands in bottomland forests and along pond and lake edges.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Lizard Tail (Forbes, 1954)
See also Habitat Account for General Broadleaf Herbaceous Mires
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4 S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Parapamea buffaloensis - Buffalo Moth

Photos: 4

Recorded by: Stephen Hall, Ed Corey, Jim Petranka, Becky Elkin, Tom Howard, Carol Tingley, Brian Bockhahn, and Van Cotter on 2021-09-30
Durham Co.
Recorded by: Robert Gilson on 2015-07-18
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2010-10-09
Camden Co.
Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2010-09-05
Camden Co.