Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Consular oakworm moth
Anisota consularis Dyar, 1896


Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Females can be twice as large as males, and more variable. Upperside of female is reddish orange to brownish orange with scattered black specks; forewing has a small white cell spot. Postmedian line on forewing is narrower than that of Anisota stigma, and postmedian line on hindwing is very faint or lacking. Male upperside is brownish red with a scattering of black specks; forewing has a white cell spot and a whitish clear patch.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 2 5/8 inches (3.2 - 6.6 cm).
Life History: Adults are day fliers. At dusk the females lay eggs in large groups on the underside of oak leaves. Young caterpillars are gregarious but become solitary as they grow. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate and overwinter in shallow underground burrows.
Flight: One brood from July-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Live oak (Quercus virginiana) and various other oaks.
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Hardwood hammocks and oak woods.
Range: Coastal Georgia south through Florida, west along the Gulf Coast to Louisiana.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
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