New York Natural Heritage Program
Inland Barrens Buckmoth
Hemileuca maia maia (Drury, 1773)
Inland Barrens Buckmoth Corey Finger
Family: Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths (Saturniidae)

State Protection: Species Of Special Concern
A native species at risk of becoming Threatened; does not qualify as Endangered or Threatened, but have been determined to require some measure of protection or attention to ensure that the species does not become threatened. NYSDEC may regulate the taking, importation, transportation, or possession of any Species of Special Concern as it deems necessary.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1S2
A State Rarity Rank of S1S2 means: Critically Imperiled or Imperiled in New York - Especially or very vulnerable to disappearing from New York due to rarity or other factors; typically 20 or fewer populations or locations in New York, very few individuals, very restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or steep declines. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G5T5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5T5 means: Secure globally - Both the species as a whole and the subspecies/variety are common in the world; widespread and abundant (but may be rare in some parts of its range).

Did you know?
The inland barrens buckmoth is an oak feeding buckmoth. The eggs are laid on scrub oak or dwarf-chestnut oak and the larvae feed on these plants, although older larvae may wander to other trees.

State Ranking Justification [-]
Only three occurrences have recently been documented and one of these has not been verified as extant since 1985. However, the recent discovery in the Shawangunks and the rediscovery on the Kittatinny Ridge in nearby New Jersey indicates there is the potential for a few more occurrences of this subspecies in this region of New York. The state rank does not include the Long Island populations which are considered taxonomically distinct.

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