Attributes of Anisota virginiensis

Pink-striped oakworm moth
Anisota virginiensis (Drury, 1773)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Females are larger than males. Upperside of female is orange with pale purple at the margins of the wings. Scattered black specks are reduced or absent. Upperside of male is dark brown with some red on the hindwing and a large translucent white spot on the forewing. Both sexes have a small white cell spot on the forewing.
Wing Span: 1 5/8 - 2 5/8 inches (4.2 - 6.6 cm).
Life History: Adults are day fliers and mate in the morning. Females lay eggs after dusk in groups on the underside of oak leaves. Caterpillars feed together in groups, and pupate and overwinter in shallow underground burrows.
Flight: One brood from June-July in the north, at least two broods from May-September in the south, several broods throughout the year in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various oaks (Quercus species).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Deciduous woodland, suburbs, tree-lined city streets.
Range: Nova Scotia west across the Great Lakes states to Manitoba and Minnesota; south to central Florida, the Gulf Coast, and east Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
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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July 01, 2015 jwilkinson Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 franpope Garrett County, Maryland, United States June 28, 2015 Details
May 07, 2011 Clarentine Goochland County, Virginia, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 Dawn821 Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 edenny Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States June 15, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 Rich Civil Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States June 15, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 ortonm Prince William County, Virginia, United States June 13, 2015 Details
May 30, 2013 LinRandolph Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States May 20, 2015 Details
May 18, 2015 wmartin428 Prince William County, Virginia, United States May 19, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 xman2184 Orange County, Florida, United States May 15, 2015 Details
September 01, 2014 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States February 28, 2015 Details
September 23, 2012 bvarsha Orange County, Florida, United States January 30, 2015 Details
June 09, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 23, 2015 Details
July 23, 2014 kacressman Harrison County, Mississippi, United States December 31, 2014 Details
September 30, 2014 Ag409907 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States November 13, 2014 Details
September 28, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 29, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 revilomeg Henry County, Georgia, United States September 24, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States September 11, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 Rangertsp Sumner County, Tennessee, United States September 11, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 jdbaucom Union County, North Carolina, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 gldearman Jefferson County, Florida, United States August 25, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States August 22, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States August 19, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 Amotherscreation Currituck County, North Carolina, United States August 18, 2014 Details
September 06, 2013 adamschaffer Madison County, Arkansas, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 TheAmyTucker Madison County, Alabama, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States July 23, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 23, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 aousanow Hanover County, Virginia, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 legalbarn Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 sbrullo Ocean County, New Jersey, United States July 12, 2014 Details
May 12, 2014 JHCarpenter Marion County, Tennessee, United States July 04, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 santiate38 Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 Shelley Rutkin Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States June 24, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 Eprice0022 Oxford County, Maine, United States June 21, 2014 Details
June 09, 2014 preemiern77 Cecil County, Maryland, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 03, 2014 catrin5507 Isle Of Wight County, Virginia, United States June 04, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 ShawnLane Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States May 30, 2014 Details
May 11, 2014 Auntgeorge Polk County, Florida, United States May 13, 2014 Details
May 08, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 09, 2014 Details
February 25, 2014 aaronelbe Collier County, Florida, United States March 03, 2014 Details
August 11, 2013 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States February 18, 2014 Details
August 15, 2013 caseyanna Highlands County, Florida, United States January 11, 2014 Details
November 22, 2013 Steven Holz Orange County, Florida, United States November 24, 2013 Details
July 25, 2013 turttle Orange County, North Carolina, United States October 07, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 06, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States October 04, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 Mary Greer-Baxley Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 18, 2013 Details