New York Natural Heritage Program
The Pink Streak
Dargida rubripennis (Grote and Robinson, 1870)
Insects

Habitat [-]
In most of the pink streak's range, it is found mainly in natural sandy grassy habitats such as prairies and dunes. In New Jersey, the species inhabits more weedy habitats, being found mostly or entirely in dry pseudoprairies such as airports, powerlines, roadsides, and occasionally old fields. All such habitats are dominated by native grass species or at least a mixture of native grasses and introduced weeping lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula). Often switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is the most common grass at New Jersey sites (NatureServe 2010). In New York State, the species has been found in a maritime grassland.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • 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.