Precious Underwing

Species Name: Precious Underwing

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Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Endangered

Habitat Description

The Precious Underwing Moth inhabits swamps, bogs, and pond shores within coastal pitch pine and scrub oak barrens. It can be found in Plymouth county and on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, but is more prominent in southern New Jersey.

Threats to Survival

Loss and disruption of habitat is a major threat to the Precious Underwing Moth. Other threats include parasitoids, spraying of insecticides, predation by deer, and light pollution.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Restoring and protecting vital pitch pine and scrub oak barrens is important to the continued survival of the Precious Underwing. Chokeberry bushes are host plants for the Precious Underwing Moth, and landowners and habitat restoration workers should be instructed to plant these important shrubs.