Moths of North Carolina
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Renia new species near discoloralis (Undescribed) - No Common Name


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: HerminiinaeP3 Number: 0.00 MONA Number: 8381.10 MONA Synonym: Renia new species near discooralis
Species Status: This species was recognized as distinct from discoloralis by Forbes (1954) but no progress has been made on a formal description since that time. NatureServe (accessed 07-2020) considers it to be a distinct species, based on Forbes's description as well as further investigations done by Dale Schweitzer, who included North Carolina specimens in his analysis.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1953); NatureServe Explorer (accessed 7-2020)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Apparently undescribed                                                                                 
Adult Markings: This species is very similar to Renia discoloralis in its range of color and pattern phenotypes, but is noticeably smaller and flies in the spring and fall instead of mid-summer (Forbes, 1954).
Wingspan: 30 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult Structural Features: Although this species has been known for a long time, we are not aware of any work that has been done to described genitalic or other structural differences that would separate it from true discoloralis.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
Immatures and Development: Apparently undescribed
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Forbes (1954) believed that this was more of a southern species than true discoloralis. Schweitzer (in NatureServe Explorer) describes its range as extending as far north as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but only names North Carolina as having definite occurrences in the South.
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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Flight Comments: Adults are present as early as May in North Carolina. Records from September and October for members of this complex also probably represent this species
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come primarily from wet to mesic stands of hardwoods
Larval Host Plants: Larvae do not appear to have been observed but they probably feed on dead leaves and other detritus like other members of this genus
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4 S4
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 Photo Gallery for Renia new species near discoloralis - No common name

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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-06-13
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2020-05-31
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2019-06-23
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2019-06-01
Stokes Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-28
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2015-06-17
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-09-01
Warren Co.
Comment: I believe Bo is calling this R. near discoloralis