Moths of North Carolina
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20 NC Records

Mesapamea fractilinea (Grote, 1874) - Broken-lined Brocade Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ApameiniP3 Number: 932370.00 MONA Number: 9406.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Oligia fractilinea); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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: Coastal Plain records come from seepage bogs, marsh edges, and floodplain ridges. One Piedmont record also comes from a seepage bog; other habitats are less clear, but one comes from a residential area near a wetland. Records from the mountains come from riverine habitats and cove forests.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on grasses, including Timothy and corn; native hosts are unknown (Wagner et al., 2011)
See also Habitat Account for General Sedge, Grass, and Rush Mires
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S3S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Mesapamea fractilinea - Broken-lined Brocade Moth

Photos: 3

Recorded by: David George on 2022-09-04
Durham Co.
Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-09-29
Wake Co.
Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-22
Guilford Co.