Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFCrambidae Members: 5 NC Records

Elophila gyralis (Hulst, 1886) - Waterlily Borer Moth

Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: AcentropinaeTribe: NymphuliniP3 Number: 800727.00 MONA Number: 4751.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Munroessa gyralis); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Munroe (1972a)                                                                                 
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
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Water Lilies (Forbes, 1910)
See also Habitat Account for General Herbaceous Ponds
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S3S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Elophila gyralis - Waterlily Borer Moth

Photos: 6

Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-17
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-11
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-11
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2017-05-02
Orange Co.
Comment: Male
Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2015-09-09
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Female
Recorded by: Doug Blatny / Jackie Nelson on 2014-09-05
Ashe Co.