Slender Clearwing Sphinx Moth

Species Name: Hemaris gracilis

Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7854
Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7854

Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and heathlands on sandplains or rocky summits and ridges, also acidic bogs and swamps.

Threats to Survival

Habitat loss, fire suppression, hydrologic alteration (in bogs and swamps) invasion by exotic plants, introduced generalist parasitoids, and insecticide spraying.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Encouraging growth of open habitat structure by managed burning.