Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFErebidae Members: 167 NC Records

Metalectra richardsi Brower, 1941 - Richards' Fungus Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: BoletobiinaeP3 Number: 930685.00 MONA Number: 8505.00
Comments: One of eleven species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), six of which have been recorded in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Brower (1941); 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: Our records come from a wide range of wet to xeric hardwoods
Larval Host Plants: This species probably feeds on fungi, detritus, or lichens like other members of this genus
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: [G4 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 Metalectra richardsi - Richards' Fungus Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-01
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-05-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-23
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-04-13
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-05-28
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-06-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-06-03
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-07-09
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-05-31
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, P, K. Kittelberger on 2014-09-18
Vance Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2014-07-08
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Ed Corey on 2013-09-07
Washington Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2012-05-06
Camden Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-05-24
Warren Co.
Comment: Confirmed via specimen by Bo Sullivan