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Pink-spotted Oakworm Moth

Moths of Pennsylvania

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This time, we have a Pink-striped Oakworm moth, or Anisota virgiensis. It is a medium to small silkmoth, with a wingspan of 3.3-5 centimeters. Its name, oakworm, comes from the larva, which feeds on oaks, especially red oak

The Pink-striped Oakworm can be found from eastern Texas eastward in the United States, and north to Canada. Population explosions have been known to occur in the northwestern portion of its range.

This one came to the mercury vapor light at Ben's house in August of 2005.