Moths of North Carolina
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29 NC Records

Xanthotype urticaria Swett, 1918 - False Crocus Geometer Moth

Superfamily: Geometroidea Family: GeometridaeSubfamily: EnnominaeTribe: AngeroniniP3 Number: 911165.00 MONA Number: 6740.00
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); 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
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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: North Carolina records come mainly from the Mountains where it has been found in high elevation hardwood forests, meadows, and bogs. In the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, it has been recorded primarily from riparian, lake, and pond shoreline habitats.
Larval Host Plants: Polyphagous, feeding on a wide range of woody and herbaceous plants but apparently not on conifers (Wagner et al., 2001)
See also Habitat Account for General Forests and Fields
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
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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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-05
Madison Co.