||Hugh D. McGuinness
Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
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This species is a member of the Owlet Moth family. These moths typically fly at night and some are preyed upon by bats. Many Owlet Moths have tiny organs in their ears that sense bat echolocation calls. The signal from these organs causes their wing muscles to spasm and they dart erratically. This aids the moths in evading the bats (Fullard 1998).
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This species has only been found in one location in New York State. Since 1999, it has been recorded on a regular basis from the dwarf pine barrens of Long Island. There is one historical record from Orange County, New York, but it has never been relocated there. Future surveys in areas of pine and scrub oak habitat may find additional occurrences of this species.
The presence of this species over multiple years at the dwarf pine barrens site on Long Island indicates that the population is viable and is reproducing. Surveys since 1996 have indicated very little change in the population. Forest fires in the dwarf pine plains, especially the very large forest fire in 1995, resulted in an increase in habitat for this species.
The long-term trend for this species is tied to the long-term trend of the natural community it lives in. The acreage of dwarf pine plains in New York has declined due to development, although there is still a large occurrence of this habitat type on Long Island.