Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Peigler's oakworm moth
Anisota peigleri Riotte, 1975


Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Females may be twice as large as males. Upperside of female is reddish orange, with the hindwing paler. Forewing has a white cell spot and a faint dark postmedian line. Upperside of male forewing is dark brown with a small white cell spot and a whitish translucent patch. Hindwing is mostly reddish.
Wing Span: 1 11/16 - 2 11/16 inches (4.3 - 6.9 cm).
Life History: Adults are day fliers, and mate from midmorning until midafternoon. Females lay eggs after dusk in large clumps on oak leaves. Caterpillars feed in tight groups throughout their development. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate and overwinter in shallow underground chambers.
Flight: One flight from mid-July to late August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various black oaks (Quercus) and ornamental pin oak (Q. palustris).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Piedmont and flat, dry oak scrub.
Range: Southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina south through western South Carolina and central Georgia into north-central Florida.
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.
Comments: NULL