New York Natural Heritage Program
Violet Dart
Euxoa violaris (Grote and Robinson, 1868)
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: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: Apparently secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
As a defense strategy, caterpillars of many cutworms and darts (species in the subfamily Noctuinae), such as the violet dart, often curl into a "C" and fall to the ground when they are disturbed. Since most species in this subfamily eat a variety of plants, it is usually easy for the caterpillars to find another plant on which to feed afterwards (Wagner et al. 2008).

State Ranking Justification [-]
Six populations of the violet dart have been documented in New York State since 1987. The species occurs in sandy coastal habitats in the East (Covell 1984). In New York State, it is likely restricted to Long Island. Additional surveys are needed to better understand its status and distribution.

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