Moths of North Carolina
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Zanclognatha marcidilinea (Walker, 1859) - Yellowish Zanclognatha Moth

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: HerminiinaeP3 Number: 930500.00 MONA Number: 8352.00
Comments: One of thirteen species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010; 2013; Wagner and McCabe, 2011), all of which have been recorded in North Carolina. Formerly, this species was identified as "jacchusalis" (e.g., see Forbes, 1956; Hodges et al., 1983; Covell, 1984), but was re-identified as "marcidilinea" by Lafontaine and Honey (2009) (see also Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010), based on an examination of the type specimen. As another result of this analysis, the name "jacchusalis" was re-applied to the species that had formerly been known as "ochreipennis".
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Adult Markings: One of the larger species of Zanclognatha, marcidilinea is pale luteous- or gray-brown that is lightly and evenly dusted with fuscous scales (Forbes, 1954). The antemedian is waved and the postmedian is slightly dentate; both are fairly weakly marked. The subterminal is the strongest marking and is straight and yellow (Forbes, 1954; Lafontaine and Honey, 2009). Jacchusalis, as now known, is more ochre and more heavily dusted or mottled with brown; it also has a more deeply dentate postmedian line (Forbes, 1954; Lafontaine and Honey, 2009). In general, the antemedian and postmedian are both much more prominent in jacchusalis, but the subterminal is thinner, with a preceding dark shade (J.B. Sullivan, pers. obs.).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
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: Our records come from both wet-mesic and dry-xeric stands of hardwoods
Larval Host Plants: May feed on dead leaves and detritus like other members of this genus
See also Habitat Account for General Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S4S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Zanclognatha marcidilinea - Yellowish Zanclognatha Moth

Photos: 14

Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-05
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-05-29
Durham Co.
Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2021-05-28
Cabarrus Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Bo Sullivan and Steve Hall on 2021-05-10
Moore Co.
Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-09
Wake Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-10-07
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-09-23
Guilford Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-09-07
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-17
Madison Co.
Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf on 2015-06-05
Durham Co.
Recorded by: Jackie Nelson on 2013-07-16
Ashe Co.
Recorded by: T. DeSantis on 2012-09-30
Camden Co.
Recorded by: Doug Blatny / Jackie Nelson on 2011-07-02
Ashe Co.
Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2010-09-09
Buncombe Co.