New York Natural Heritage Program
A Hand-maid Moth
Datana ranaeceps (Guérin-Méneville, 1844)
Datana ranaeceps Jim Vargo
Family: Prominent Moths (Notodontidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1S3
A State Rarity Rank of S1S3 means: Critically Imperiled, Imperiled, or Vulnerable in New York -- Conservation status is uncertain, and could range from especially vulnerable to disappearing from New York, to vulnerable to becoming imperiled in New York, due to rarity or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G3G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G3G4 means: Vulnerable globally, or Apparently Secure -- At moderate risk of extinction, with relatively few populations or locations in the world, few individuals, and/or restricted range; or uncommon but not rare globally; may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Did you know?
Larvae of this species can become abundant after fires, which produce sprouts of larval foodplants, on which larvae prefer to feed. In New Jersey, this species produced a massive outbreak that started the first summer after the July 1983 Atsion fire and peaked two years after the fire (NatureServe 2010).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There is only one documented population in New York State, but the species could be more widespread. It feeds mostly on sprouts of stagger-bush (Lyonia mariana). There is a pre-1950 historical record from "Bear Mountains" based on a specimen at Cornell University. However, now the species seems to be confined to Long Island and its vicinity. Additional surveys are needed to determine its status and distribution.

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