New York Natural Heritage Program
Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth
Parasa indetermina (Boisduval, 1832)

Habitat [-]
Stinging rose caterpillar moths are generally found in sandy, pine-oak savannahs of the southern Atlantic Coastal Plain (Bess 2005). The extant occurrence in New York was found at the border of two natural community types: maritime dunes and maritime grassland. Larvae have been documented to feed on: apple, dogwood, hickory, maples, oaks, poplars, and rose bushes.

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 grassland*
    A grassland community that occurs on rolling outwash plains of the glaciated portion of the Atlantic coastal plain, near the ocean and within the influence of offshore winds and salt spray.

    * probable association but not confirmed