New York Natural Heritage Program
Orange Holomelina
Virbia aurantiaca (Hübner, [1831])
Insects
Orange Holomelina Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
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: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
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.

State Ranking Justification [-]
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.

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