New York Natural Heritage Program
Bird Dropping Moth
Cerma cora Hübner, 1818
Bird Dropping Moth Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility (CBIF)
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: S1S2
A State Rarity Rank of S1S2 means: Critically Imperiled or Imperiled in New York - Especially or very vulnerable to disappearing from New York due to rarity or other factors; typically 20 or fewer populations or locations in New York, very few individuals, very restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or steep declines. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G3G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G3G4 means: Vulnerable globally, or Apparently Secure -- At moderate risk of extinction, with relatively few populations or locations in the world, few individuals, and/or restricted range; or uncommon but not rare globally; may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Did you know?
The bird dropping moth has likely been extripated from the Horseheads and Ithaca areas in New York, but the species is still present in the Albany Pine Bush.

State Ranking Justification [-]
Beyond the loss of habitat, the reasons this moth seems to be so rare are largely unknown. There is only one known occurrence in New York, although based on the availability of potential habitat and foodplants there should be at least a few more occurrences in New York.

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