Pink-striped Oakworm Moth

This fuzzy little pink-to-orange silk moth of the family Saturniidae is found across Canada and the US. The females are larger (maybe an inch and a half long); the males have large transparent spots on their wings. Both sexes have the little white spot.

In Florida, these guys reproduce year round. Males attract the females by “buzzing” like a bee. The caterpillars are red and green, spiky things which prefer to eat oak leaves, but will also eat birch, maple, and hazel. They can be something of a pest when en masse. When they’re ready, they climb to the ground, burrow in to pupate, and emerge as an adult. The adults don’t eat.

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