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Saturniidae
890040.007730Hemileuca maia (Drury, 1773) – Buck Moth
Distribution Data for Hemileuca maia
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Synonymy: Phalaena maia Drury, 1773
Hemileuca lintneri Cockerell, 1914
Bombyx proserpina Fabricius, 1775
Hemileuca maia maia Drury, 1773
Hemileuca maia sandra Pavulaan, 2020
Hemileuca maia warreni Pavulaan, 2020
Hemileuca maia orleans Pavulaan, 2020
Hemileuca maia menyanthevora Pavulaan, 2020
Hemileuca iroquois Cryan & Dirig, 2020, “hemispecies”
Taxonomic Notes: Hemileuca maia (Drury, 1773) is treated as a species complex composed of several subspecies in Pavulaan (2020). The nominate subspecies, H. m. maia, "Coastal Barrens Buckmoth", is confined to eastern MA, RI and Long Island, NY.
References
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Ferguson, D. C., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2a: p. 115; pl. 8.6-8. order or free PDF
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Pavulaan, H., 2020. A phenotypic comparison of regional populations of Hemileuca maia (Drury, 1773) with designations of new subspecies (Bombycoidea, Saturniidae, Hemileucinae). The Taxonomic Report of the International Lepidoptera Survey, 8(5): 1-16.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
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