New York Natural Heritage Program
Ostrich Fern Borer Moth
Papaipema sp. 2 nr. pterisii
Insects
A similar species of borer 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: S1S3
A State Rarity Rank of S1S3 means: Critically Imperiled, Imperiled, or Vulnerable in New York -- Conservation status is uncertain, and could range from especially vulnerable to disappearing from New York, to vulnerable to becoming imperiled in New York, due to rarity or other factors. 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 Ostrich Fern Borer Moth uses the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) as its only foodplant. The larvae bore into the lower stems and roots of the fern.

State Ranking Justification [-]
Only three occurrences of this species have been documented in New York, with only one of these recently verified. Although the foodplant is fairly common and the species is likely to be more widespread in eastern New York, there is no basis to predict how widespread this moth actually is.

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