New York Natural Heritage Program
Melsheimer's Sack Bearer
Cicinnus melsheimeri (Harris, 1841)
Melsheimer's Sack Bearer Machele White
Family: (Mimallonidae)

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

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: Apparently secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
Why are they called "sack bearers?" The larval or caterpillar stage of these moths "bear" cases or sacks in which they live. The sacks can be made out of pieces of leaves that are lined with silk. Later, they will undergo metamorphosis within these sacks.

State Ranking Justification [-]
In New York State, this species is known only from the dwarf pine barrens of Long Island. It has been observed over multiple years at this site, which indicates that the population is viable and is reproducing. However, no other occurrences in New York State have been found.

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