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

Habitat [-]
Habitat requirements for Packard's lichen moth are very poorly understood. In most cases, the species seems to inhabit dry to mesic forests or woodlands with lichens (NatureServe 2010). Suitable habitat must contain lichens on which larvae feed, however the specific species of lichens on which larvae feed are unknown. In New York State, the species has been captured in dwarf pine plains, maritime heathlands, pitch pine-oak forests, pitch pine-oak-heath woodlands, and maritime grasslands.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Dwarf pine plains
    A woodland community dominated by dwarf individuals of pitch pine and scrub oak that occurs on nearly level outwash sand and gravel plains in eastern Long Island. The soils are infertile, coarse textured sands that are excessively well-drained.
  • Maritime grassland*
    A grassland community that occurs on rolling outwash plains of the glaciated portion of the Atlantic coastal plain, near the ocean and within the influence of offshore winds and salt spray.

    * probable association but not confirmed
  • Maritime heathland
    A dwarf shrubland community that occurs on rolling outwash plains and moraine of the glaciated portion of the Atlantic coastal plain, near the ocean and within the influence of onshore winds and salt spray.
  • Pitch pine-oak forest
    A mixed forest that typically occurs on well-drained, sandy soils of glacial outwash plains or moraines; it also occurs on thin, rocky soils of ridgetops. The dominant trees are pitch pine mixed with one or more of the following oaks: scarlet oak, white oak, red oak, or black oak.
  • Pitch pine-oak-heath woodland
    A pine barrens community that occurs on well-drained, infertile, sandy soils. The structure of this community is intermediate between a shrub-savanna and a woodland. Pitch pine and white oak are the most abundant trees.