New York Natural Heritage Program
Pine Barrens Zale
Zale lunifera (H?bner, 1818)
Pine Barrens Zale Hugh D. McGuinness
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: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
The word "zale" is Greek for wave. The person who originally named this genus, Hubner in 1818, thought the pattern on the wings of this moth resembled waves.

State Ranking Justification [-]
The pine barrens zale is a habitat specialist, requiring a specific type of habitat- extensive scrub oak barrens areas. Presently, this species is known only from two locations on Long Island. Future inventories may locate this species at other pitch pine-scrub oak barren type habitats on Long Island and possibly off the coastal plain.

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