New York Natural Heritage Program
Pale Green Pinion Moth
Lithophane viridipallens Grote, 1877
Insects

Threats [-]
The threats to this species on Long Island are uncertain. It has been documented in the dwarf pine barrens of Long Island where fire is necessary to maintain the habitat type. However, the Pale Green Pinion Moth occurs in other wooded habitats on Long Island, and it is thus not a barrens specialist (McGuinness 2006). Elimination and fragmentation of habitat by commercial and residential development are the most significant threats to this species.

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Areas where this species has been found need to be evaluated to avoid additional encroachment or fragmentation by development.

Research Needs [-]
Additional inventory is needed on Long Island. The moth flies in late October to early November and in the early spring before the red maple trees flower. Baiting is the best inventory technique (McGuinness 2006). It is alleged that the habitat is coastal plain woodlands including pine barrens, cedar swamps, hardwood swamps, and mesic woods. It is often found near stands of Ilex opaca (American holly) or Ilex glabra (inkberry) (D. Schweitzer, personal communication).