Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFMimallonidae Members: 19 NC Records

Cicinnus melsheimeri (Harris, 1841) - Melsheimer's Sack-bearer Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Mimallonoidea Family: MimallonidaeP3 Number: 830004.00 MONA Number: 7662.00
Identification
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
Distribution:
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: This species is associated with barrens and woodlands throughout its range (Wagner, 2005). North Carolina records come from dry maritime forests along the coast, dry monadnocks in the Piedmont, and ridgetops in the Mountains. At one site in the Piedmont, Bear Oak is a possible host plant.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on oaks, especially Bear Oak northward (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Dry-Xeric Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4 S3
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Cicinnus melsheimeri - Melsheimer's Sack-bearer Moth

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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Ed Corey on 2017-05-17
Surry Co.
Comment: Rests hanging down from a leaf or twig with its forewings projecting over the head
Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Ed Corey on 2017-05-17
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2017-03-11
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, K. Kittelberger on 2015-06-18
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: J. A. Anderson on 2015-05-23
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: J. A. Anderson on 2015-05-23
Surry Co.
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