Melsheimer’s Sack Bearer

Species Name: Cicinnus melsheimeri

Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7662
Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7662

Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Threatened

Habitat Description

Sandplain pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, especially scrub oak thickets within frost pockets.

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.