|Spinose Flower Moth
||Hugh D. McGuinness
Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
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Many species in this genus are brightly-colored, providing good camouflage against the flowers on which they feed and lay eggs. A good number of the darker brown species in this genus have large pale patches that break up the moth's outline and resemble dappled areas of sunlight/shade.
|State Ranking Justification||
The biology of the spinose flower moth is poorly understood, and its food source is unknown. It has not been actively sought in New York State, but habitat exists on Long Island. Additional surveys are needed to determine its status.
The status and trend for this species in New York State is unknown. However, the population at the dwarf pine plains on Long Island appears to be stable, since surveys conducted since 1997 have indicated little change in the number of moths captured.
The long-term trend for this species in New York State is unknown.