New York Natural Heritage Program
Aureolaria Seed Borer
Pyrrhia aurantiago (Guenée, 1852)
Aureolaria Seed Borer 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?
Aureolaria seed borer larvae feed only on two tall yellow-flowered woodland herbs: fern-leaf yellow false foxglove (Aureolaria pedicularia) and smooth yellow false foxglove (A. flava); these plants, in turn, obtain nourishment from oak roots in addition to direct photosynthesis.

State Ranking Justification [-]
Additional inventory is needed to determine the status of the Aureolaria seed borer in New York State. Three populations are documented; each was documented in the 1980s and was not surveyed since. The larval foodplants are fairly widespread in dry oak woods. However, the species is thought to be uncommon in the northern part of its range, including New York State.

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