Common Oak Moth (Phoberia atomaris)
The common oak moth is a member of the family of Erebidae moths. It is found in Northern America and has several synonyms like Phoberia orthosiodes, Phoberia ingenua, and Phoberia porrigens.
Description and Identification
The larva has a mottled brown appearance, with black, olive green, pink, and white lines all over their body. Another significant feature of the caterpillar is the diamond-shaped spots covering its abdominal segments.
Pupation occurs when the larvae mature.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
When the wings are opened, they appear brownish, covered with two tan lines that are broken into three bands, formed in a curved or jagged pattern. When the wings are closed, the pattern remains the same, with small dots also visible near the edges.
Average wingspan: 3.8 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: March to July
The eggs can be found either on the host plant or soil.
|Distribution||Eastern North America|
|Lifespan of Adults||Not recorded|
|Host Plants||Northern red oak|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- German entomologist Jacob Hübner first described this species in 1818.
- They get their name after the host plants (oak) the caterpillars feed on.