Moths of North Carolina
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19 NC Records

Pyreferra hesperidago (Guenée, 1852) - Mustard Sallow

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: XyleniniP3 Number: 932583.00 MONA Number: 9929.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)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 stands of mesic hardwood forests.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Witch Hazel (Wagner et al., 2011).
See also Habitat Account for General Mesic Hardwood Forests
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 Pyreferra hesperidago - Mustard Sallow

Photos: 6

Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-03-06
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-03-18
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-02-06
Madison Co.
Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2015-03-17
Durham Co.
Recorded by: T. Nergart on 2015-03-11
Transylvania Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-03-05
Warren Co.