Moths of North Carolina
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Ponometia erastrioides (Guenée, 1852) - Small Bird-dropping Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: AcontiinaeTribe: AcontiiniP3 Number: 931319.00 MONA Number: 9095.00
Comments: One of 34 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), six of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984; as Tarachidia erastrioides); 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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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come mainly from open habitats, including old fields and disturbed areas in the Piedmont, and and open woodlands and balds in the Mountains
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Ragweed (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
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.
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 Photo Gallery for Ponometia erastrioides - Small Bird-dropping Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-17
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-07-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-07-22
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-18
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2018-08-04
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-06-02
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-06-02
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-05-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-05-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2016-05-25
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger, P. Scharf on 2015-06-18
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger, P. Scharf on 2015-06-18
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: Doug Blatny/Jackie Nelson on 2012-09-09
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Doug Blatny/Jackie Nelson on 2012-06-04
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2011-05-11
Buncombe Co.
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