Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFCrambidae Members: 11 NC Records

Elophila icciusalis (Walker, 1859) - Pondside Pyralid Moth

Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: AcentropinaeTribe: NymphuliniP3 Number: 800724.00 MONA Number: 4748.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Munroessa icciusalis); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Munroe (1972a)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: "These two species [icciusalis and faulalis] are generally identifiable based on coloration and size of forewing spot" (Scholtens, 2017)
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 several different aquatic plants, including Potamogeton, Menyanthes trifoliata, Marsilia quadrifolia (Forbes, 1910; Welch, 1916)
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 icciusalis - Pondside Pyralid Moth

Photos: 11

Recorded by: Barbara McRae on 2020-05-25
Macon Co.
Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-04-28
Carteret Co.
Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2019-10-02
Cumberland Co.
Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-05-10
Orange Co.
Comment: On cattail blade at very edge of upper pond at 2:38 P.M.
Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-05-10
Orange Co.
Comment: It was mostly hanging under leaves of a fragrant mint (probably Peppermint). See second photo of it under a leaf of the mint.
Recorded by: John Petranka on 2018-06-27
Jackson Co.
Recorded by: Alicia Jackson on 2017-07-10
Tyrrell Co.
Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Ed Corey on 2016-10-01
Bladen Co.
Recorded by: Ed Corey on 2016-06-25
Washington Co.
Recorded by: Alicia Jackson on 2013-10-06
Moore Co.
Recorded by: Ed Corey on 2013-06-04
Bladen Co.