New York Natural Heritage Program
Jersey Jair Underwing
Catocala jair ssp. 2

Habitat [-]
The Jersey jair underwing inhabits dry, open pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and other habitats that contain the larval foodplant, scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia) (Wagner et al. 2003). In New York State, it has been found in several habitats including dwarf pine plains, maritime heathlands, and pitch pine-oak-heath woodlands.

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 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-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.