New York Natural Heritage Program
Richard's Fungus Moth
Metalectra richardsi Brower, 1941
Insects
Richard's Fungus Moth Jim Vargo
Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: SU
A State Rarity Rank of SU means: Unrankable.

Global Rarity Rank: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: Apparently secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
Richard's fungus moth is named after Dr. A.G. Richards, Jr., who first collected the species in 1929 in Georgia (Brower 1941).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There is only one documented population of Richard's fungus moth in New York State, but the species could be more widespread. Throughout its range, the species seems to be more common than previously thought (NatureServe 2010). Its status and distribution in New York State is not well known.

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