Buccholz’s Gray

Species Name: Hypomecis buchholzaria

Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=6438
Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=6438

Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Endangered

Habitat Description

Buchholz’s gray moth is native to Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and eastern Texas. It is a rare species found in Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains, and in Massachusetts it is only known to live in the pine barrens of southeastern Plymouth.

Threats to Survival

Loss of habitat is a major reason for the endangerment of Buchholz’s gray, as repression of fire contributes to the disappearance of open fields, which are an integral part of their habitat.
Other threats include off-road vehicles, insecticides, herbicides, light pollution, and the introduction of non-native parasitoids.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Prescribed fires are greatly influential to the restoration of Buchholz’s gray. Many other rare plant and animal species are benefitted by prescribed fires, which ensure the availability of habitats in which they can develop and thrive. Grasslands, pitch pine barrens, and scrub oak barrens are fire-oriented habitats which require burning in order to supplement new growth and the survival of species such as Buchholz’s gray.