Moths of North Carolina
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Macrochilo litophora (Grote, 1873) - Brown-lined Owlet Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: HerminiinaeP3 Number: 930510.00 MONA Number: 8358.00
Comments: One of seven species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), six of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
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: Nearly all of our records come from wet grassy areas, including bogs, seeps, savannas, swamp forests, bottomlands, and lakeshores.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on live and dead grasses and forbs (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Sedge, Grass, and Rush Mires
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: [GNR] S4S5
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 Macrochilo litophora - Brown-lined Owlet Moth

Photos: 24

Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-30
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-22
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-08-07
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-07-28
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Salman Abdulali on 2020-05-13
Pitt Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-06-10
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-08-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2018-08-14
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Dowlan on 2018-08-06
Watauga Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2018-07-18
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-05-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-05-24
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2017-07-26
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2016-07-30
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-08-11
Cherokee Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-06-13
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2013-06-04
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2012-07-20
Northampton Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2010-09-03
Beaufort Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2010-07-16
Camden Co.
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Recorded by: FKW on 2006-08-02
Gates Co.
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