New York Natural Heritage Program
Pink Star Moth
Derrima stellata Walker, [1858]
Insects

Habitat [-]
The precise habitat requirements in New York are unknown. This species was captured between either maritime dunes and maritime heathland or a sea level fen and maritime heathland.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Maritime dunes*
    A community dominated by grasses and low shrubs that occurs on active and stabilized dunes along the Atlantic coast. The composition and structure of the vegetation is variable depending on stability of the dunes, amounts of sand deposition and erosion, and distance from the ocean.

    * 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.

    * probable association but not confirmed
  • Sea level fen*
    A wetland that occurs at the upper edge of salt marshes but is fed primarily by acidic groundwater seeping out along the upland edge. This fresh water sometimes mixes with salt or brackish water during unusually high tides. There is a high abundance of sedges that decompose slowly and create a deep substrate of peat. This peat is underlain by deep sand or gravel. These fens usually have a high diversity of herbs but may also have scattered trees and shrubs.

    * probable association but not confirmed