Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFCrambidae Members: 2 NC Records

Palpita maritima Sullivan & Solis, 2013 - Coastal Palpita Moth

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Superfamily: Pyraloidea Family: CrambidaeSubfamily: PyraustinaeTribe: SpilomeliniP3 Number: 801323.00 MONA Number: 5223.10
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult Markings: "There is plenty of possibility for confusion in these species. There are general trends in each, but a great deal of variation" (Scholtens, 2017)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable only by close inspection of structural features or by DNA analysis.
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: Our two records come from maritime forest habitat on barrier islands
Larval Host Plants: Host plants have not been confirmed but Sullivan and Sollis (2013) speculated that Wild Olive (Cartrema americanum) is a likely choice since several other members of this genus specialize on members of the Oleaceae and Cartrema is a common plant in the maritime forests where P. maritima has been found.
See also Habitat Account for Live Oak Forests and Maritime Scrub Thickets
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S1S3
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.