|Richard's Fungus Moth
Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
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Richard's fungus moth is named after Dr. A.G. Richards, Jr., who first collected the species in 1929 in Georgia (Brower 1941).
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There is only one documented population of Richard's fungus moth in New York State, but the species could be more widespread. Throughout its range, the species seems to be more common than previously thought (NatureServe 2010). Its status and distribution in New York State is not well known.
The short-term trend for Richard's fungus moth in New York State is unknown. The one documented population in the state was surveyed only in 1995. However, the species is thought to be stable in most places. It appears to be increasing in southern New Jersey (NatureServe 2010).
The long-term trend for Richard's fungus moth in New York State is unknown. It may be increasing as a result of oak-kill by gypsy moths, since the larvae of Richard's fungus moth feed on fungi, probably on dead trees (NatureServe 2010).