New York Natural Heritage Program
Spiny Oakworm Moth
Anisota stigma (Fabricius, 1775)

Habitat [-]
In the southern part of the spiny oakworm moth's range, it occurs in a variety of habitats, including mixed hardwood forests. Northward, however, it becomes increasingly a barrens or scrub habitat specialist, inhabiting pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and scrub oak thickets (Wagner et al. 2003, NatureServe 2010).

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.
  • 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 [-]
  • Barrens Dagger Moth (Acronicta albarufa)
  • Toothed Apharetra (Apharetra dentata)
  • Herodias Or Pine Barrens Underwing (Catocala herodias gerhardi)
  • Jersey Jair Underwing (Catocala jair ssp 2)
  • Packard's Lichen Moth (Cisthene packardii)
  • Violet Dart (Euxoa violaris)
  • A Notodontid Moth (Heterocampa varia)
  • Yellow-Spotted Graylet (Hyperstrotia flaviguttata)
  • Barrens Itame (Itame sp 1)
  • A Slug Moth (Monoleuca semifascia)
  • Pink Sallow (Psectraglaea carnosa)
  • Pine Barrens Zale (Zale sp 1 nr lunifera)