New York Natural Heritage Program
Black-dotted Ruddy
Ilexia intractata (Walker, [1863])

Habitat [-]
The specific habitat is not known for black-dotted ruddy. There is one known extant occurrence in New York where it was found between either maritime dunes and maritime heathland or between sea level fen and maritime heathland. Larval foodplants are Hollies (Ilex spp.) (Wagner et al. 2001).

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Maritime dunes*
    A community dominated by grasses and low shrubs that occurs on active and stabilized dunes along the Atlantic coast. The composition and structure of the vegetation is variable depending on stability of the dunes, amounts of sand deposition and erosion, and distance from the ocean.

    * probable association but not confirmed
  • Maritime heathland*
    A dwarf shrubland community that occurs on rolling outwash plains and moraine of the glaciated portion of the Atlantic coastal plain, near the ocean and within the influence of onshore winds and salt spray.

    * probable association but not confirmed