Moths of North Carolina
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Hydriomena transfigurata Swett, 1912 - Transfigured Hydriomena Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Geometroidea Family: GeometridaeSubfamily: LarentiinaeTribe: HydriomeniniP3 Number: 910075.00 MONA Number: 7237.00
Comments: One of 56 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (McDunnough, 1954, covered 55 and Rindge added Hydriomena peratica in 1956). Most are boreal or are found in the West, with only five recorded in North Carolina.
Species Status: McDunnough placed transfigurata in his Group I, which also includes the other four species found in our state.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Structural photos
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable only by close inspection of structural features or by DNA analysis.
Distribution in North Carolina
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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: Barrens and oak woodlands (Wagner et al., 2001). Our records come from mainly from xeric sand ridges in the Coastal Plain but also from bottomland forests. We also have records from both dry and mesic forests in the Mountains and Piedmont.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on oaks (Wagner et al., 2001)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests
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.
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 Photo Gallery for Hydriomena transfigurata - Transfigured Hydriomena Moth

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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2019-04-19
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2019-04-19
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-03-24
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-03-27
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: T. Nergart on 2015-03-24
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: T. Nergart on 2015-03-24
Transylvania Co.
Comment: Confirmed by dissection; shape of the uncus is distinctive, as is the fuscous, nearly unmarked hindwing. Wingspan = 2.9 cm; forewing length = 1.7 cm.
Recorded by: Taylor Piephoff on 2010-03-28
Mecklenburg Co.
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