New York Natural Heritage Program
Inland Barrens Buckmoth
Hemileuca maia maia (Drury, 1773)

Threats [-]
The threats include habitat loss and fragmentation. Other possible threats include exotic parasitoids, habitat management issues, and Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) caterpillar spraying. Larvae of this subspecies are documented to be highly sensitive to Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis - a bacterial biological control used on Gypsy Moth caterpillars) (Peacock et al., 1998). The larvae appear to be able to survive even severe defoliation, however. Based on observations by Dale Schweitzer in New Jersey, late instars are very tolerant of starvation, can usually find an alternate foodplant while the oaks refoliate, and manage to survive but subsequently pupate later than normal. In such situations they will eat black huckleberry and dangleberry which even gypsy moth larvae accept sparingly.

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
At the Albany Pine Bush, increased prescribed burning should benefit this buckmoth.

Research Needs [-]
Information on the exact habitat requirements of southeastern New York populations is needed.