Dune Noctuid Moth

Species Name: Sympistis riparia

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Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Coastal dunes, dunegrass grasslands, and bluffs as well as coastal sandplain grasslands and heathlands; occasionally also open pitch pine-scrub oak barrens.

Threats to Survival

Habitat loss from suppression of fire, general parasitoids, aerial insecticide spraying, non-target herbiciding, off-road vehicles, and light pollution.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Limit the effect human development has on their habitat.