|Jack Pine Looper (Macaria marmorata)
Family: Loopers, Span Worms, Inch Worms, Geometer Moths (Geometridae)
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Macaria marmorata has a very limited range in New York. It is associated with jack pine and occurs at only two known locations in the state.
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There are only two known occurrences of Macaria marmorata in the state. This species likely has a very limited distribution considering that it's food plant, jack pine (Pinus banksiana), is uncommon in New York.
The short-term trends are unknown. More sampling is needed to determine the short-term trends which are currently unknown. Eighteen moths were captured during a black-light survey of the Altona Flat Rock barrens in June of 1995 and seventeen were captured in another survey in July. Fourteen individuals were captured at the Gaway barrens in July of 1995 and the species was still present during surveys in June of 2003.
The long-term trends are unknown. The both known statewide locations were first documented in 1995.