Moths of North Carolina
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Nola triquetrana (Fitch, 1856) - Three-spotted Nola


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NolidaeSubfamily: NolinaeP3 Number: 931132.00 MONA Number: 8992.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); 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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Immature 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: Associated with hardwood forests in the Mountains, Piedmont, and at least some sites in the Coastal Plain. A possible association with pocosin habitats needs to be investigated.
Larval Host Plants: Feeds primarily on Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) (Wagner et al., 2011), but Jim Petranka recently found larvae feeding on Fothergilla major, a member of the same family as Witch Hazel (Hamamelidaceae). Since at least some of our records for this species in the Coastal Plain come from savannas or pocosin ecotones, larvae should also be looked for on Fothergilla gardenii, a common plant along the edges of peatlands.
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S4
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 Nola triquetrana - Three-spotted Nola

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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-15
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-13
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-04-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2021-04-20
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-04-20
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-04-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-03-30
Bladen Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2020-07-29
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-04-22
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-03-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-26
Madison Co.
Comment: Individuals were feeding on Fothergilla major.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-26
Madison Co.
Comment: Caterpillars are consistent with those illustrated in Wagner (2005, p. 455) and images at BugGuide. Individuals were feeding on Fothergilla major in a native plant garden and were skeletonizing the upper leaf surfaces during the early morning hours.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-04-23
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2019-04-18
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-04-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-04-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-04-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2015-04-06
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2014-04-02
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2011-03-22
Beaufort Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2011-03-16
Beaufort Co.
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