Moths of North Carolina
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Lobocleta plemyraria (Guenée, [1858]) - Straight-lined Wave Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Geometroidea Family: GeometridaeSubfamily: SterrhinaeTribe: SterrhiniP3 Number: 910503.00 MONA Number: 7097.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult Structural Features: Males have pectinate antennae instead of the fasciculate antennae typical of other members of this genus (Forbes, 1948)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
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: Almost all of our records for this species come from dry-xeric sand ridges in the Coastal Plain. One Piedmont record comes from dry woodlands on a monadnock.
Larval Host Plants: Reported to feed on Euphorbia albomarginata, a Southwestern species (Robinson et al., 2010) and Chamaesyce, another western spurge (Powell & Opler, 2009). Xerophytic members of the Euphorbiaceae are also common members of the sandhill communities of the Southeast and may be used here as well.
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for Xeric-Mesic Sand Barrens and Glades
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G2G4 S2S3
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 Lobocleta plemyraria - Straight-lined Wave Moth

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Recorded by: Stephen Hall; Brian Bockhahn; Paul Scharf on 2016-07-21
Stokes Co.
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