Moths of North Carolina
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26 NC Records

Trichordestra legitima (Grote, 1864) - Striped Garden Caterpillar Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: HadeniniP3 Number: 932886.00 MONA Number: 10304.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIFTechnical Description, Adults: McCabe (1980)                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
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
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on many species of herbaceous plants, including asters, beans, Linaria, Dogbane, Goldenrod, grasses, Milkweeds (Wagner et al, 2011)
See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S4S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Trichordestra legitima - Striped Garden Caterpillar Moth

Photos: 5

Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-08-15
Avery Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-08-25
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2013-10-22
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2013-09-10
Warren Co.
Recorded by: Taylor Piephoff on 2009-09-13
Mecklenburg Co.