Moths of North Carolina
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48 NC Records

Symmerista canicosta Franclemont, 1946 - Red-humped Oakworm Moth

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Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NotodontidaeSubfamily: NystalinaeP3 Number: 930128.00 MONA Number: 7952.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
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: Most of our records come from bottomland or mesic hardwood forests.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on members of the Fagaceae, including Beech, Chestnut, and Oak (Wagner, 2005)
See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
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.

 Photo Gallery for Symmerista canicosta - Red-humped Oakworm Moth

Photos: 3

Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan on 2014-08-20
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-08-20
Warren Co.
Comment: Confirmed via specimen by Bo Sullivan
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-08-16
Warren Co.
Comment: Confirmed via specimen by Bo Sullivan