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Peigler's Oakworm Moth Larva

Anisota peigleri

Description:

Approximately 3/8th inch long; 1/16 inch diameter Head: Black T1 segment: Tan with dark band; T2 segment: Black horns Abdominal segments: fine setae A few older instars (second image) have an enlarged black head and darkened thorax and abdomen with hints of lighter stripes, and developing spines

Habitat:

Deciduous forest on north-facing slope near reservoir shore. Larvae on Post Oak (Quercus stellata) leaf; larvae had consumed several leaves. Remains of egg casings found on underside of leaf.

Notes:

Thanks to Bug Guide for this identification

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4 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

PucaK
PucaK 6 years ago

Thanks for the SOTW nomination for these little guys!
I followed them for two weeks, at which time they had completely denuded the small oak on which they had hatched. I searched for them on other trees but couldn't find them. Hopefully they found suitable food somewhere.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Great spotting all round !

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

PucaK
Spotted by
PucaK

Winder, Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jul 24, 2015
Submitted on Jul 27, 2015

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