Barrens Metarranthis

Species Name: Metarranthis apiciaria

Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=6831
Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=6831

Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Endangered

Habitat Description

Open, shrubby areas within 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.