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 on each wing.

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.

Mating pair, pink-striped oakworm moth, Anisota virginiensis.

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