New York Natural Heritage Program
Gray Woodgrain
Morrisonia mucens (Hübner, [1831])
Insects
Gray Woodgrain Machele White
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: S1S3
A State Rarity Rank of S1S3 means: Critically Imperiled, Imperiled, or Vulnerable in New York -- Conservation status is uncertain, and could range from especially vulnerable to disappearing from New York, to vulnerable to becoming imperiled in New York, due to rarity or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G4G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G4G5 means: Apparently or Demonstrably Secure globally - Uncommon to common in the world, but not rare; usually widespread, but 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?
This moth species belongs to a group called the Dart or Cutworm Moths. They are given those names for good reasons. When resting, the moths hold their wings back in a triangular "dart-like" position. They also cut plant stems off at the base by chewing on them near the soil level.

State Ranking Justification [-]
The Gray Woodgrain is a barrens specialist. Currently, in New York State, this species is known from Napeague State Park and the dwarf pine barrens on Long Island. Future inventories may locate this species at other pine barrens type habitats on Long Island and possibly off the coastal plain.

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