Moths of North Carolina
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Idia forbesii (French, 1894) - No Common Name


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: HerminiinaeP3 Number: 930475.00 MONA Number: 8327.00
Comments: One of eighteen species recorded in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), twelve of which are found in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954); Rings et al. (1992)                                                                                 
Adult Structural Features: Belongs to Forbes' subgenus Pseudaglossa, characterized by long palps -- reaching the vertex -- and with the third segement very long, conical, and smoothly scaled (Forbes, 1954).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
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: Wagner et al. (2011) give dry woods as the habitat. However, we have records from swamp forests, bottmland hardwoods, and other wet or mesic habitats in addition to dry woodlands, including maritime forests, sand ridges, and dry upland woodlands.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on dead leaves and detritus (Wagner et al., 2011)
Observation Methods: Comes readily to bait and to blacklights
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S5
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 Idia forbesii - No common name

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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2020-09-01
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-08-20
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2020-08-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-07-25
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-05-30
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-05-25
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-05-23
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2019-06-30
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2019-05-30
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2019-05-30
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2017-07-22
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Ed Corey on 2017-05-17
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2016-07-28
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-10-14
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-08-11
Cherokee Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2015-07-25
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-07-14
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-07-14
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Doug Blatny/Jackie Nelson on 2012-07-12
Ashe Co.
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