Species Name: Acronicta albarufa
Species Distribution in Massachusetts
Federal Rank: None
Massachusetts State Rank: Threatened
Xeric, oak dominated woodland, barrens, and scrub habitats on sandy soil. Inhabits open-canopy pitch-pine scrub-oak barrens and thickets, and open oak woodland on Martha’s Vineyard.
Threats to Survival
Habitat loss, fire suppression, invasion by exotic plants, introduced generalist parasitoids, insecticide spraying, off-road vehicles and light pollution are all threat.
Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival
Controlled fire management to maintain open habitats and limiting human disturbance are the most likely to be successful actions.