Attributes of Anisota senatoria

Orange-tipped oakworm moth
Anisota senatoria (J.E. Smith, 1797)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Females can be twice as large as males. Upperside of female is yellow-orange to yellow-brown; forewing has a white cell spot and varying amounts of scattered black specks. Upperside of male is reddish orange to brownish orange; forewing is narrow with a small white cell spot and a small whitish translucent patch.
Wing Span: 1 3/16 - 2 inches (3 - 5 cm).
Life History: Adults are day fliers. Mating takes place from late morning to early afternoon, and in late afternoon or dusk, females begin laying eggs in large clumps on the underside of oak leaves. Eggs hatch in about 2 weeks and are gregarious when young. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate and overwinter in shallow underground chambers.
Flight: One brood from June-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various oaks (Quercus) and perhaps chinquapin (Castanea pumila).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Deciduous forests.
Range: Southern Maine west across the Great Lakes region to central Minnesota; south to central Georgia, central Alabama, central Mississippi, Louisiana, and east Texas.
Conservation: Caterpillar populations can be large enough to cause severe defoliation of oaks.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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August 20, 2014 medicswife68w Richland County, South Carolina, United States August 21, 2014 Details
August 18, 2014 smauck Fairfax County, Virginia, United States August 18, 2014 Details
September 23, 2013 adamschaffer Madison County, Arkansas, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 Joshua Spence Murray County, Georgia, United States July 21, 2014 Details
September 03, 2013 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States September 07, 2013 Details
August 22, 2013 Jmorourke Fairfax County, Virginia, United States September 01, 2013 Details
August 20, 2013 metazai Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 12, 2012 Bonita Jankenhorn Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States August 30, 2013 Details
July 20, 2013 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States August 30, 2013 Details
August 28, 2013 H. Hooper Wakulla County, Florida, United States August 30, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States August 29, 2013 Details
July 06, 2013 Joan Quinn Eastman Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States July 09, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 futurebird Dukes (Martha's Vineyard) County, Massachusetts, United States July 07, 2013 Details
June 23, 2013 brhodes_avl_nc Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States June 30, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 Ronja Touber Fairfax County, Virginia, United States June 30, 2013 Details
June 24, 2002 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States January 21, 2013 Details
July 22, 2009 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States January 21, 2013 Details
July 09, 2003 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States January 21, 2013 Details
August 26, 2011 Elizabeth Wolfe Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States January 12, 2013 Details
August 16, 2011 Ryan St Laurent Washington County, Rhode Island, United States December 12, 2012 Details
August 26, 2012 lilkriskattn Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States December 02, 2012 Details
September 03, 2012 Sean Werle Suffolk County, New York, United States September 25, 2012 Details
August 29, 2011 kjsmith Washington County, Rhode Island, United States September 22, 2012 Details
September 04, 2012 sierralittle Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States September 07, 2012 Details
September 01, 2012 doyle812 Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States September 01, 2012 Details
August 12, 2012 acmokeson Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 12, 2012 Details
July 16, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States July 27, 2012 Details
July 23, 2012 mansequip Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States July 24, 2012 Details
June 26, 2012 Ed Buras Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States July 07, 2012 Details
July 16, 2009 Chip Krilowicz Burlington County, New Jersey, United States June 24, 2012 Details
August 30, 2011 macdougallj Suffolk County, New York, United States June 23, 2012 Details
September 10, 2009 cyric Washington County, Rhode Island, United States February 03, 2012 Details
July 31, 2011 audramckinney Benton County, Arkansas, United States January 03, 2012 Details
August 11, 2011 vkoslin Jefferson County, Alabama, United States August 21, 2011 Details
June 28, 2011 BobMoul York County, Pennsylvania, United States June 29, 2011 Details
September 21, 1996 legacy.reporter (Brown, Richard) Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 27, 2010 rogerdowner (Mark Catlin) Howard County, Maryland, United States March 02, 2011 Details
April 18, 2010 legacy.reporter (Gillian Rabalais) St Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 18, 2010 legacy.reporter (Gillian Rabalais) St Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States December 31, 2010 Details
August 22, 2010 legacy.reporter (Rory Bower) Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, United States December 31, 2010 Details
August 22, 2010 legacy.reporter (Rory Bower) Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, United States December 31, 2010 Details
September 30, 2007 Jeff Trahan (Jeff Trahan) Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States January 25, 2010 Details
August 20, 2007 legacy.reporter (John Wheatley) Perry County, Pennsylvania, United States May 05, 2009 Details
June 15, 1888 legacy.reporter (Rowley, R.R.) Pike County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 08, 1888 legacy.reporter (Rowley, R.R.) Pike County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
September 01, 1978 legacy.reporter Phelps County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Horsfall, J.) Wright County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Brower, A.E.) Greene County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter St. Louis City County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 21, 1903 legacy.reporter (Horsfall, J.) Wright County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details