Moths of North Carolina
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Meganola phylla (Dyar, 1898) - Coastal Plain Meganola


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NolidaeSubfamily: NolinaeP3 Number: 931122.00 MONA Number: 8983.10
Comments: One of eight described species in this genus that occur in North America, three of which are found in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult Markings: All three of our Meganola species are relatively small gray moths with similar markings. Compared to both Meganola minusculua and spodia, M. phylla has a more sharply defined, darker black spot at the center of the costa and darker black shading at the base of the costa, but comparatively weaker lines, with the postmedian often single rather than double opposite the cell (Dyar, 1898; Forbes, 1948). Meganola phylla also typically has a well-defined dark blotch near the posterior margin of the thorax. Nola triquetrana is similar in size and color, also possessing strong dark spots along the costa, but has an additional third spot at the costal end of the antemedian line that is missing in M. phylla. It also lacks the dark thoracic blotch that is present on M. phylla.
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
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Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Beech and Oaks (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
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 Meganola phylla - Coastal Plain Meganola

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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-09-26
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Bo Sullivan on 2021-08-10
Richmond Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-08-05
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2021-07-31
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2021-07-15
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-05-18
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-05-14
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-05-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-05-02
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-04-27
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-04-25
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-04-19
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-04-18
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-04-18
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-04-12
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2020-10-15
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2020-07-31
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-07-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-07-13
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-07-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-05-21
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-15
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-05-03
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-04-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-04-18
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-04-05
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-03-09
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-06
Guilford Co.
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