Waxed Sallow Moth

Species Name: Chaetaglaea cerata

Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=9948
Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=9948

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, occasionally also coastal forest with a heath understory or maritime shrublands.

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.