Emarginea percara (Morrison, 1875)
A noctuid moth
NatureServe Global Rank: G4
Virginia State Rank: S3
VA DGIF Tier: None
Federal Legal Status: None
Virginia Legal Status: None
Description: The Beloved Emarginea Moth is a medium-sized (20-22mm) moth, having whitish forewings with a distinct green tint and a blackish basal dash. It has a large dark gray irregular U-shaped patch in the median area, and a smaller dark gray patch along the inner margin. Hindwings are dirty yellowish-gray in color with a darker gray postmedian line.
Similar species: The Green Marvel (Agriopodes fallax) is a similar species, but has small black markings scattered across its forewings instead of a large U-shaped patch. It also has several prominent black marks along the outer margin.
North American Range: This moth ranges from Maryland to Florida, and west to California. In Virginia, it has been documented in Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach counties.
VA Observations by Locality: Southampton | Virginia Beach, City of | Suffolk, City of | Suffolk, City of | Virginia Beach, City of
Flight season and broods: Adults fly from April to October.
Habitat and Food Plants: The habitat is not documented for this moth. The larvae feed on leaves of Mistletoe (Phoradendron spp.).
Behavior and Ecology: Little is known regarding the life history of this moth.
Population trend and potential threats: The population size is not known. The species of Mistletoe this moth feeds on is threatened or endangered, which is a potential threat.
Management practices: Management practices have not been determined for this species.
References: Bug Guide. 2003. Iowa State University Entomology. At: www.bugguide.net/node/view/57316. Accessed: 03May3012
Moth Photographers Group at the Mississippi Entomological Museum at Mississippi State University. Web application at: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/large_map.php?hodges=9718 Accessed: 14Apr2013
Wagner, D. L., D.F. Schweitzer, J.B. Sullivan, and R.C. Reardon. 2011. Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 576pp.
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program, 600 E. Main St., 24th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219
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