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Oakworm Moth (Anisota)

The oakworm moths are a genus of moths belonging to the Saturniid moth family. The name of this genus comes from the feeding pattern of the larvae, which mainly consume the leaves of oak trees.

Oakworm Moth

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Scientific Classification


List of Species in this Genus

  • Anisota assimilis
  • Florida Oakworm Moth (Anisota consularis
  • Anisota dissimilis 
  • Anisota finlaysoni 
  • Anisota kendallorum 
  • Anisota leucostygma 
  • Manitoba Oakworm Moth (Anisota manitobensis
  • Oslar’s Oakworm Moth (Anisota oslari)
  • Yellowstriped Oakworm Moth (Anisota peigleri)
  • Anisota punctata 
  • Orangestriped Oakworm Moth (Anisota senatoria)
  • Spiny Oakworm Moth (Anisota stigma)
  • Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis)

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

Most species have orange or pink stripes all over their body, with silvery dots. These larvae typically feed on the leaves of oak trees.

Oakworm Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

After maturing, the caterpillars pupate and overwinter in this stage.

Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: There are no prominent differences between males and females.

Color and Appearance

They are dark reddish-brown with two white eyespots on each wing when opened. When the wings are closed, their coloration acts as effective camouflage against predators.

Average wingspan: 4-7 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: Mid to late summer

Anisota

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Egg

These moths lay eggs in clusters of 50-150.

Oakworm Moth Eggs

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Quick Facts

DistributionEastern North America
HabitatDeciduous forests and woodlands
Lifespan of AdultsAround 30 days
PredatorsBirds, bats
Host PlantsOaks
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • German entomologist Jacob Hübner first described this species in 1820.

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