Argyrostrotis sylvarum (Guenee, 1852)
A noctuid moth
NatureServe Global Rank: G4
Virginia State Rank: S1S3
VA DGIF Tier: None
Federal Legal Status: None
Virginia Legal Status: None
Description: The Woodland Chocolate Moth is medium-sized at about 28mm. Ii is a combination of brown, gray and purplish in color. The front wings have two brown lines that bisect from the leading edge to the trailing edge, each about 1/3 the wing distance apart. The outside edge of these lines is bordered by a wide, brown margin and the inside is frosted with a purplish white area. Inbetween the lines is a purplish brown and the outside of the wings is a dull gray with darker brown spots in the terminal line. The hind wings are a combination of lighter and darker gray, alternating from the outside edge of the wing.
Similar species: The Woodland Chocolate moth is similar at first glance to a number of other Noctuid Moths, but the combination of the color and lines is somewhat distinct. While a number of other species possess a similar orientation of lines, none of them have the extent of white and brown coloration on either side of the lines.
North American Range: This species is a coastal plain or lower piedmont species, found from southeastern Virginia through Florida and to Louisiana. There are documented occurrences in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
VA Observations by Locality: No Known Recorded Observations
Flight season and broods: Presently unclear
Habitat and Food Plants: Presently unknown
Behavior and Ecology: Presently unknown
Population trend and potential threats: Populations should be monitored and habitats preserved. Habitat destruction could be a threat to this species.
Management practices: None yet.
References: Moth Photographers Group at the Mississippi Entomological Museum at Mississippi State University. Web application at: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/large_map.php?hodges=8760 Accessed: 13Apr2013
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This atlas was compiled
by the VA Natural Heritage Program with funds provided by the VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries through a state wildlife grant
from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Last Modified: Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 10:12:03 PM