Moths of North Carolina
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Ctenoplusia oxygramma (Geyer, 1832) - Sharp-stigma Looper


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: PlusiinaeTribe: ArgyrogrammatiniP3 Number: 931169.00 MONA Number: 8889.00
Comments: The only member of its genus found in the New World (Lafontaine and Poole, 1991).
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Agrapha oxygramma); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954, as Plusia oxygramma); Lafontaine and Poole (1991)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A medium-sized, dull, dark gray Looper with a constrastingly pale, elongated stigma. Lines and markings are obscure but the long, knife-shaped stigma, joined at the base by the trapezoidal orbicular, is an easy field mark for this species. Hind wings are fuscous.
Wingspan: 35-40 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from close inspection of specimens or by DNA analysis.
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: Our records come from a variety of open habitats from across the state, including herbaceous openings in the Mountains to maritime dunes on the barrier islands
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are polyphagous on herbaceous plants. Crumb (1956) lists asters, goldenrod, horseweed, and tobacco (Wagner et al., 2011).
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
Status in North Carolina
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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.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-09-10
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-09-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2021-08-21
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-08-14
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Bo Sullivan on 2021-08-10
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Bo Sullivan on 2021-08-09
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-08-06
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-08-02
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-27
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-20
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-11-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-11-12
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-11-08
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-10-27
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-10-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2020-10-20
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-10-16
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-10-08
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-09-27
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-09-27
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-09-14
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-09-14
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-09-14
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-09-10
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-09-01
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-08-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-08-20
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-08-13
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-12
Madison Co.
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