Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFErebidae Members: 25 NC Records

Idia scobialis (Grote, 1880) - Smoky Idia Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: HerminiinaeP3 Number: 930478.00 MONA Number: 8330.00
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: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954)                                                                                 
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
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:
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on dead leaves and other detritus (Wagner et al., 2011)
Observation Methods: Comes 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 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 Idia scobialis - Smoky Idia Moth

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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-07-05
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-06-03
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2019-06-01
Stokes Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger, P. Scharf on 2015-06-17
Caldwell Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2012-08-11
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger on 2012-07-24
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2011-08-02
Randolph Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2011-08-02
Randolph Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2011-08-02
Randolph Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2011-08-02
Randolph Co.
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