New York Natural Heritage Program
Orange Holomelina
Virbia aurantiaca (Hübner, [1831])

Habitat [-]
The Orange Holomelina is found in two locations in New York State. This species is well documented from the dwarf pine barrens on Long Island. These open, dry woodlands are dominated by a mixture of dwarf pitch pine and scrub oak. Common shrubs are black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata), blueberries (Vaccinium pallidum, V. angustifolium, and V. mytilloides), and sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina). The other location is in Clinton County, where the moth was also found in a dry, open woodland. This woodland is classified as a sandstone pavement barrens and is dominated by jack pine (Pinus banksiana). Common shrubs are blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata), black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), and sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia).

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Dwarf pine plains
    A woodland community dominated by dwarf individuals of pitch pine and scrub oak that occurs on nearly level outwash sand and gravel plains in eastern Long Island. The soils are infertile, coarse textured sands that are excessively well-drained.

Associated Species [-]
  • Toothed Apharetra (Apharetra dentata)
  • Herodias Underwing (Catocala herodias)
  • Jair Underwing (Catocala jair)
  • Melsheimer's Sack Bearer (Cicinnus melsheimeri)
  • Packard's Lichen Moth (Cisthene packardii)
  • Projecta Gray (Cleora projecta)
  • A Moth (Dasychira pinicola)
  • A Geometrid Moth (Euchlaena madusaria)
  • Violet Dart (Euxoa violaris)
  • Coastal Barrens Buckmoth (Hemileuca maia ssp 5)
  • Yellow-Spotted Graylet (Hyperstrotia flaviguttata)
  • Barrens Itame (Itame sp 1)
  • Pale Green Pinion Moth (Lithophane viridipallens)
  • A Slug Moth (Monoleuca semifascia)
  • Gray Woodgrain (Morrisonia mucens)
  • Pink Sallow (Psectraglaea carnosa)
  • A Noctuid Moth (Schinia spinosae)
  • Gordian Sphinx (Sphinx gordius)
  • Pine Barrens Zale (Zale sp 1 nr lunifera)