New York Natural Heritage Program
Richard's Fungus Moth
Metalectra richardsi Brower, 1941

Habitat [-]
Richard's fungus moth seems to occur mostly in rather ordinary dry-mesic to swampy hardwood forests. It may be more common in areas with a lot of dead oaks (NatureServe 2010). In New York State, it is known to occur in a pitch pine-oak forest.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Pitch pine-oak forest
    A mixed forest that typically occurs on well-drained, sandy soils of glacial outwash plains or moraines; it also occurs on thin, rocky soils of ridgetops. The dominant trees are pitch pine mixed with one or more of the following oaks: scarlet oak, white oak, red oak, or black oak.