Sandplain Heterocampa

Species Name: Heterocampa varia

Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7982
Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7982

Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Threatened

Habitat Description

Sandplain pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, as well as sandplain heathlands and grasslands with a scrub oak component, and occasionally open, savanna-like oak woodland.

Threats to Survival

Loss of habitat, fire suppression, introduced generalist parasitoids, insecticide spraying, non-target herbiciding, off-road vehicles, and light pollution.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Limit the effects human developments have on their habitat.