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

Habitat [-]
Typical habitats are large pine barrens, including dwarf pine areas, on sandy or acidic rocky substrates. In other states, populations can occur in scrub oak thickets with little or no pine. These habitats can include airport approach zones. An abundance of low heaths such as blueberries seems to be the most consistent feature. The pine canopy is typically sparse (less than 50%). Most habitats rangewide appear to be more than 1000 acres, and the species is absent from many pine barrens that appear to provide suitable habitat. Moths captured in other habitats are generally strays, and several strays have been documented from places in adjacent states with several to many trap years of effort.

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.

Associated Species [-]
  • Herodias Or Pine Barrens Underwing (Catocala herodias gerhardi)
  • Jair Underwing (Catocala jair)
  • A Noctuid Moth (Chaetaglaea cerata)
  • Barrens Chaetaglaea (Chaetaglaea tremula)
  • The Buckmoth (Hemileuca maia)