Species Name: Hemileuca maia
Species Distribution in Massachusetts
Federal Rank: None
Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern
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.