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

Habitat [-]
The Albany Pine Bush and Glens Falls populations are on remnants of once extensive sand plain pine barrens which is typical for the species at this latitude. Such populations occur in scrub oak areas with almost no tree cover or a sparse pitch pine canopy. Recent photographs of larva from the Shawangunk Ridge in southeastern New York indicates that some scrub oak habitats in this region support populations as they do in adjacent northern New Jersey. The northern New Jersey population is found in scrub oak areas, but in general, the habitats for these ridgetop occurrences are not well understood and it possible they could occur in other dry scrubby situations.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Chestnut oak forest
    A hardwood forest that occurs on well-drained sites in glaciated portions of the Appalachians, and on the coastal plain. This forest is similar to the Allegheny oak forest; it is distinguished by fewer canopy dominants and a less diverse shrublayer and groundlayer flora. Dominant trees are typically chestnut oak and red oak.
  • Pitch pine-oak forest
    A mixed forest that typically occurs on well-drained, sandy soils of glacial outwash plains or moraines; it also occurs on thin, rocky soils of ridgetops. The dominant trees are pitch pine mixed with one or more of the following oaks: scarlet oak, white oak, red oak, or black oak.
  • 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.
  • Pitch pine-scrub oak barrens
    A shrub-savanna community that occurs on well-drained, sandy soils that have developed on sand dunes, glacial till, and outwash plains.