Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFNoctuidae Members: 22 NC Records

Bellura densa (Walker, 1865) - Pickerelweed Borer

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ArzaminiP3 Number: 932518.00 MONA Number: 9526.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
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 a variety of wetland habitats including peatlands, bottomlands, marshes, and savannas
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Pickerelweed and Water Hyacinth (Wagner et al., 2011)
See also Habitat Account for General Broadleaf Herbaceous Mires
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S4S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Bellura densa - Pickerelweed Borer

Photos: 4

Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2020-07-18
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2020-07-18
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2017-04-28
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-07-05
Warren Co.