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

      Phylum: Mandibulates (Mandibulata)

           Class: Insects (Insecta)

                Order: Butterflies, Skippers, and Moths (Lepidoptera)

                     Family: Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths (Saturniidae)

Comments on the Classification [-]
The subspecies taxonomy suggested by NatureServe is followed here. Populations on Long Island and coastal southeastern New England are considered a separate subspecies. For New York, this means Hemileuca maia maia refers only to the more normal mainland populations, which are known from Glens Falls and Albany southward to the Shawangunk Ridge in Orange County. Maculation of larvae and almost all adults, and morphological characters of these mainland New York populations, appear to fall within the variation of more variable southern populations which NatureServe and most literature consider typical H. maia maia, although New York and other far northern populations do differ in their close association with scrub oak. The Albany area population has probably been isolated a long time and has or had a very rare form in which the white forewing band is completely missing. Apparently, such a form is not known from any other eastern United States population of any species of this genus. Tuskes et al. (1996) illustrate a Long Island adult, as well as more normal adults. Wetland buckmoths are not considered part of this species.