Moths of North Carolina
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Metria amella (Guenée, 1852) - Live Oak Metria Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: OphiusiniP3 Number: 930992.00 MONA Number: 8666.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
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: The majority of our records come from barrier islands, where Live Oak, Sand Live Oak, and Darlington Oak are present. We also have records from Coastal Fringe Sandhills on the adjoining areas on the mainland but none from xeric Carolina Bay Rims or the Fall-line Sandhills where Turkey Oaks prevail.
Larval Host Plants: Wagner et al. (2011) list Live Oak (Quercus vigninana) and Turkey Oak (Q. laevis) as host plants. However, all of our records come from habitats where Live Oak is present to dominant and we have no records from the Sandhills in habitats where Turkey Oak is the dominant species.
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for Live Oak Forests and Maritime Scrub Thickets
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.
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 Photo Gallery for Metria amella - Live Oak Metria Moth

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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-06-27
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-06-05
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-05-19
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-05-05
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-05-05
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2021-04-11
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-06-18
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-04-09
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-03-21
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-03-13
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: R. Evans on 2019-04-18
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-08-31
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-05-20
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-04-29
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-04-28
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-04-26
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-04-26
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-04-22
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-04-22
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Newman,Randy on 2005-04-29
Carteret Co.
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