New York Natural Heritage Program
Pink Sallow
Psectraglaea carnosa (Grote, 1877)
Insects

Threats [-]
Threats include destruction of habitat due to development, loss of habitat due to natural succession if fires are prevented in fire-maintained habitats, and complete burns of occupied habitats during seasons when vulnerable life stages (e.g., eggs, larvae, or adults) exist above ground and would be obliterated by a complete burn (i.e., from October through June, and perhaps longer northward). Some suitable habitats can persist for 50 years or more without fires, but others (such as the formerly occupied habitats at Albany) would probably become unsuitable within 30 years or less without fires.

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Maintaining suitable habitat is the main management need. The best time for fires in fire-maintained habitats is when the pink sallow exists as prepupal larvae underground, from July- August. Entire habitats should not be burned at once. Habitats should be burned in patches, always with some unburned areas left as refugia for the species (Wagner et al. 2003).

Research Needs [-]
Research is needed to better understand the habitat needs of the pink sallow and the impact of fire on the species.