New York Natural Heritage Program
A Noctuid Moth
Sympistis riparia (Morrison, 1875)
Insects

Habitat [-]
This species might inhabit a variety of habitats, but it is thought to mostly inhabit dunes.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Maritime beach*
    A community with extremely sparse vegetation that occurs on unstable sand, gravel, or cobble ocean shores above mean high tide, where the shore is modified by storm waves and wind erosion.

    * probable association but not confirmed
  • Maritime bluff*
    A sparsely vegetated community that occurs on vertical exposures of unconsolidated material, such as small stone, gravel, sand, and clay, that is exposed to maritime forces, such as water, ice, or wind.

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

    * probable association but not confirmed
  • Successional old field*
    A meadow dominated by forbs and grasses that occurs on sites that have been cleared and plowed (for farming or development), and then abandoned or only occasionally mowed.

    * probable association but not confirmed