New York Natural Heritage Program
Pine Tussock Moth
Dasychira pinicola (Dyar, 1911)
Insects
Family: (Erebidae)

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

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: SU
A State Rarity Rank of SU means: Unrankable.

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?
Tussock moth caterpillars often are covered with tufts of red, yellow, and black hair. As in other caterpillars, such colors warn of danger. Many people are allergic to the body hair of tussock moth caterpillars, especially if the hairs are brought into contact with eyes or sensitive areas of skin (Wagner et al. 1997).

State Ranking Justification [-]
Currently, in New York State, the Pine Tussock Moth is known from only one location- the dwarf pine plains on Long Island. This species feeds on the foliage of pitch pine, which is the dominant tree species in that area.

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