Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
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The larvae (caterpillars) of this species accumulate iridoid glycosides in their tissues, ingested from the host plants on which they feed. They are not harmed by these compounds, but these compounds make them bitter and potentially toxic to predators. Their bright black, yellow, and white coloration warns potential predators that they may be dangerous to eat (Boros et al. 1991).
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Historically, the species is reported from Long Island. Its distribution is probably confined to Long Island and nearby offshore islands. Currently, one population is documented in Suffolk County. Additional surveys are needed to better understand the status and distribution of this species in New York State.
The short-term trend for the species in New York State is unknown. In recent decades, one individual was captured in 1997, but the site was not surveyed since.
The long-term trend for the species in New York State is unknown. Forbes (1954) reports an individual captured on Long Island. In recent decades, an individual was captured on Robins Island in 1997.