Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
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Zale largera caterpillars feed exclusively on jack pine which has a very limited range within the state. There is only one known location of this species in New York.
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Zale largera is known from only one location in the state in Clinton County. Although intensive inventory efforts to document new locations are lacking, its range is likely very limited in New York considering there is only one known occurrences and because the food plant, jack pine, also has a limited distribution within the state.
More sampling is needed to determine the short-term trends which are currently unknown. A total of two adult moths were captured at black-lights on successive nights in May of 1995 and none have been recorded since at the single known location.
The long-term trends are unknown. The one known statewide location was first documented in 1995.