New York Natural Heritage Program
Packard's Lichen Moth
Cisthene packardii (Grote, 1863)

Threats [-]
Elimination and fragmentation of habitat by commercial and residential development are threats to Packard's lichen moth. Also, fire suppression and allowing natural succession may eliminate suitable habitat for the species. The species is potentially vulnerable to air pollution, since air pollution kills lichens, on which larvae must feed. In addition, light from adjacent areas such as airports disturbs the moths.

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Maintaining suitable habitat is the main management need. Several of the natural communities that Packard's lichen moth occupies in New York State require periodic fire or mechanical management to maintain the natural community. During prescribed burns, it is generally beneficial to leave some areas unburned to provide refugia for species. In addition, in occupied areas, it would be beneficial to restrict ATV use and minimize lighting in order to maintain dark sky conditions.

Research Needs [-]
Research is needed to determine the habitat requirements of Packard's lichen moth and the lichens on which the larvae feed.