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This moth belongs to a group known as the Tiger Moths, so called because of their bold and often contrasting coloration. The adults are often white, yellow, orange, or red with black markings on the forewings. The larvae of this group are known as wooly bear caterpillars.
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Because Forbes (1954) did not separate this species from Holomelina ferruginosa, this species' historical range is unclear. New York State has two records for this species. It is well documented on Long Island, and there is one other occurrence much farther north in Clinton County that needs to be better documented.
This species appears to be relatively stable on Long Island. The presence of this species over multiple years at the dwarf pine barrens site on Long Island indicates that the population is viable and reproducing. There was a significant increase in the abundance of this species following the dwarf pine barrens forest fire of 1995. The short-term trend for the occurrence in northern New York (Clinton County) is unknown. There is only one sighting at that location.
The long-term trend for this species in New York is unknown. It is tied to the long-term trend for the natural community it lives in. The acreage of dwarf pine plains in New York has declined from development, although there is still a large occurrence of this habitat type on Long Island.