|Pin-striped Slug Moth
||Hugh D. McGuinness
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The larvae or caterpillar stage of this moth is actually quite striking. The pink-orange body is marked with black, white, or yellow striping. But beware, the body is covered with stinging hairs.
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In New York, this species is known only from one location in the the dwarf pine barrens on Long Island. Additional populations within the pine barrens may eventually be found. This is a more southern, habitat-specific species and therefore is not likely to occur elsewhere in New York, which represents the northern edge of its range.
This species appears to be stable on Long Island. Surveys since 1993 have indicated little change in the dwarf pine barrens population on Long Island with the exception of the 2005 survey, which showed a dramatic increase in numbers of moths found. It is unclear what caused this sudden increase, but forest fires in the dwarf pine plains may have resulted in an increase in habitat for this species.
The long-term trend for this species in New York is unknown. Long Island represents the northern part of its range so it has always been rare here. The long-term trend for this species is tied to the long-term trend for the natural community it lives in. The acreage of dwarf pine plains in New York has declined from historical acreage due to development and suppression of fires.