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Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
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There is some uncertainty regarding whether or not Chytonix sensilis is actually the same species as the very similar Chytonix ruperti.
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It is not clear how rare this is in New York, in part due to the possibility Chytonix ruperti is the same species as Chytonix sensilis. At present, definite populations of Chytonix sensilis are recognized in New York in the Albany Pine Bush and on Long Island. If Chytonix sensilis and Chytonix ruperti are actually separate species, it is possible that records from Clinton County, which are treated as Chytonix sensilis, might prove to be Chytonix ruperti. The number of known occurrences of Chytonix sensilis has increased with increased inventory work in appropriate habitats and it is very likely that a few more populations occur on Long Island. However even if all of these occurrences are considered the same species, there are fewer than ten recently known in New York
This species should have increased both on Long Island, after the massive wildfires in the 1990s, and at the Albany Pine Bush due to prescribed burning. More data on the short-term trends is needed, however.
The long-term trend indicates that there has been a moderate decline in the population from historical numbers, as a large amount of habitat has been developed around Albany and on Long Island.