Barrens Buckmoth

Species Name: Hemileuca maia

Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7854
Image Source: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7854

Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Xeric, open habitats with extensive scrub oak thickets, especially sandplain pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, as well as maritime shrublands.

Threats to Survival

Habitat loss, fire suppression, invasion by exotic plants, introduced generalist parasitoids, insecticide spraying, and off-road vehicles.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Encouraging growth of open habitat structure by managed burning.