|Jersey Jair Underwing
||Hugh D. McGuinness
Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
Species Of Special Concern
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Approximately 98% of Jersey jair underwings (Catocala jair ssp. 2) can be distinguished from jair underwings (Catocala jair) by differences in their forewing color alone (NatureServe 2010).
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Within New York State, the Jersey jair underwing is known to occur only on Long Island. Currently, three populations are documented. Throughout its range, the moth is generally rare and local, having a spotty distribution and being restricted to major areas of dry oak scrub.
The short-term trend for the Jersey jair underwing in New York State indicates that the population is stable. The species is widespread in the Dwarf Pine Plains. At this site, approximately 180 individuals were captured over the course of seven survey years between 1986 and 2005, indicating that the population is viable and reproducing. The other two documented populations in the state are on protected lands.
The long-term trend for the Jersey jair underwing in New York State is unknown (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2005). However, it is possible that the population has undergone a substantial decline since the extent of its habitat, pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, in the state has been reduced substantially since historic times (Wagner et al. 2003).