Gerhard’s Underwing

Species Name: Catocala Herodias gerhardi

Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=8850
Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=8850

Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Xeric, oak-dominated woodland, barrens, and scrub habitats on sandy soil or rocky summits and ridges. Open canopy pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, especially scrub oak thickets.

Threats to Survival

Habitat loss, fire suppression, invasion by exotic plants, introduced generalist parasitoids, insecticide spraying, off-road vehicles and light pollution.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Encouraging growth of open habitat structure by managed burning.