New York Natural Heritage Program
The Pink Streak
Dargida rubripennis (Grote and Robinson, 1870)
The Pink Streak Jim Vargo
Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: SU
A State Rarity Rank of SU means: Unrankable.

Global Rarity Rank: G3G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G3G4 means: Vulnerable globally, or Apparently Secure -- At moderate risk of extinction, with relatively few populations or locations in the world, few individuals, and/or restricted range; or uncommon but not rare globally; may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Did you know?
The pink streak, like many other noctuids, is nocturnal during its adult stage and later larval stages (NatureServe 2010).

State Ranking Justification [-]
Forbes (1954) reports the pink streak to be "generally rare." Within New York State, it is known to occur only on Long Island and a nearby offshore island, and it is probably restricted to coastal areas. Two populations are documented. Although few populations have been documented to date, the species could be more widespread. Its foodplant is unknown, but it is known to feed on grasses (Wagner et al. 2008). Additional surveys are needed to better understand its status and distribution in the state.

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