Moths of North Carolina
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5 NC Records

Bellura brehmei (Barnes & McDunnough, 1916) - No Common Name

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ArzaminiP3 Number: 932515.00 MONA Number: 9524.00
Species Status: Genetic barcoding shows little difference between Bellura obliqua, densa, anoa, and brehmei. These species vary greatly in color and pattern with strong overlap between species; names are frequently intermixed in the clusters formed by barcoding. The larvae are supposedly separated by their host plants but otherwise the taxonomic distinctiveness of the members of this group is unclear. Where specimens conform to the descriptions given by Forbes and others, we assign them to the traditional species. More problematic individuals are placed in the generic account.
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Medium-sized for this group; a winglength measurement is helpful in its identification. The ground color of the forewings is dark smoky gray (Forbes, 1954). The basal area is contrastingly pale but does not have the luteous tint found in B. obliqua. The median shade is dark gray. The spots are similar to those in obliqua.
Wingspan: 35-40 mm, males; 45-50 mm, females (Forbes, 1954)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable only by close inspection of structural features or by DNA analysis.
Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
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
Habitats: Our records come from depression ponds in the Tidewater region and a beaver pond in the Fall-line Sandhills.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are reported to feed on Cattails (E. Quinter, cited by Wagner et al., 2011). Forbes (1954) specifically lists Narrowleaf Cattail (Typha angustifolia) as the host. - View
See also Habitat Account for Coastal Freshwater and Low-Salinity Marshes
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR SNR
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: The status of this species as a distinct taxon as well as its presence in the state still needs to be determined.

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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-04-22
Warren Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-04-22
Warren Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2013-05-01
Warren Co.