|Fagitana littera (A Noctuid Moth)
Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
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Fagitana littera has been impacted by habitat loss and, in the past, by DDT spraying for mosquitoes and gypsy moths.
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This species has been impacted by loss of habitat and DDT spraying in the past. There are approximately six recent localities documented for this species in southeastern New York, including Long Island. Additional populations are expected to exist, but it is unknown how many.
The short-term trends are unknown.
Historical loss of habitat, DDT spraying in the 1950s aimed at mosquitoes and gypsy moths, and possibly use of modern biocides aimed at mosquitoes, likely led to the extirpation of some populations. Latham (1953) reports additional populations that were lost to annual burning of marshes. However, several decades have since passed which should have been sufficient for it to recover. This species' ability as a colonizer has enabled it to reach small artificial habitats and to recolonize after fires in southern New Jersey, and it is likely that it has rebounded on Long Island as recent records suggest.