Moths of North Carolina
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Phyllodesma americana (Harris, 1841) - Lappet Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Bombycoidea Family: LasiocampidaeSubfamily: LasiocampinaeTribe: GastropachiniP3 Number: 870003.00 MONA Number: 7687.00
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
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: Woodlands and forests (Wagner, 2005). North Carolina records come come predominately from mesic hardwood forests.
Larval Host Plants: Polyphagous, feeding on many hardwood trees and shrubs, including Alder, Apple, Birch, Cherry, Ironwood, Oak, Poplar,and Willow (Wagner, 2005)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
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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.
Comments: Records are fairly sparse for what is a widespread species that uses a variety of common habitats. It's early flight period may cause it to be undersampled.

 Photo Gallery for Phyllodesma americana - Lappet Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-03-29
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-03-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-03-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2020-02-26
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2020-02-26
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2019-04-18
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2019-04-18
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-04-06
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-04-06
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-04-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-03-30
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-04-22
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-04-22
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2018-04-01
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: Robert Gilson on 2017-02-24
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: J. A. Anderson on 2016-03-25
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: J. Merrill Lynch on 2015-04-09
Watauga Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2015-04-09
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2013-03-13
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: Owen and Pat McConnell on 2004-04-26
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: SPH, SH, CH on 2000-03-23
Moore Co.
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