Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
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Only a few species in the genus "Oncocnemus" occur in eastern North America, including this species. Many more species in the genus occur in the American Southwest (Wagner et al. 2008).
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One population is documented in Suffolk County. In New York State, the species is likely restricted to Long Island and nearby offshore islands, since it seems to be a Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast species (Wagner et al. 2008). Additional surveys are needed to better understand its status and distribution in New York State.
The short-term trend for this species in New York State is unknown. Twenty-nine moths were captured in blacklight traps on Robins Island in 1997. The site has not been surveyed since.
The long-term trend for this species is unknown. Historically, the species was reported from Long Island (Forbes 1954). Recently, it was documented in Suffolk County in 1997.