Moths of North Carolina
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70 NC Records

Chaetaglaea sericea (Morrison, 1874) - Silky Sallow



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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: XyleniniP3 Number: 932607.00 MONA Number: 9950.00
Comments: Currently this genus of 4 species (soon to be 5) is wholly North American and three of the species are found in North Carolina. The genus is quite similar to other “glaeas” and distinguished largely by features of the male valve and aedeagus.
Species Status: Specimens from North Carolina have been barcoded and show a haplotype not seen elsewhere. However, it is only about 0.7% different from other haplotypes and unlikely to be an overlooked species. Interestingly, specimens from Canada and Florida seem to have more similar sequences than either have to North Carolina specimens.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIFTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1954); Wagner et al. (2011)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: This a pure brown species with pale veins and prominent antemedial and medial lines; it also has a prominent pale streak along the inner margin. It is mostly likely confused with Sericaglaea signata which usually lacks the prominent lines and usually has a dentate postmedian unlike the even postmedian in C. sericea; the renform dot is also black in sericea but is often black surrounded by gray in S. signata. Sexes are similar.
Adult Structural Features: Both males and females can be distinguished by their unique genitalia. The absence of the dentate processes on the valva found in Sericaglaea and C. rhonda will identify C. sericea males. In the female the anterior edge of the ostial plate is not flat but triangular.
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Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae much like other “glaeas”, basically a brown cutworm with a white line of varying widths enclosing the spiracles; Wagner et al (2011) recommend that larvae be reared to adulthood in order to determine their identity. Eggs said to hatch about the time red oaks begin to leaf out (Wagner et al, 2011).
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable only through rearing to adulthood.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Found from the Coastal Plain to the lower mountains
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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Flight Comments: Flies from September to January, with a few stragglers found as late as May
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: We have records from a wide variety of habitats, including maritime forests, Longleaf Pine habitats, peatlands, lakeshores, and upland hardwoods.
Larval Host Plants: Apparently has a fondness for red oaks but caterpillars have been found on aspen, cherry, chokeberry and oak.
Observation Methods: Adults come to light and are attracted to bait. Since it is primarily a fall species, few flowers are available and we are unaware of records at flowers.
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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 [S5]
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: Although we need to know much more about its specific habitat requirements, foodplant choices, and distribution in our state, its broad distribution and occurrence in common habitat types make it seem secure.

 Photo Gallery for Chaetaglaea sericea - Silky Sallow

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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-12-25
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2021-12-16
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2021-12-03
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2021-12-02
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-10-20
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-10-19
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-10-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-11-10
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: JIm Petranka on 2020-11-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-11-09
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-11-06
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-12-25
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-11-26
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-10-27
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-12-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-11-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-11-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-11-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Julie Tuttle on 2017-12-18
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Robert Gilson on 2016-10-24
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-11-12
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-11-07
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-10-13
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2014-11-12
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2014-11-06
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2014-11-05
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2014-10-14
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-11-14
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-09-19
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-11-15
Warren Co.
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