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Pink-Striped Oakworm Moth

Anisota virginiensis


Quite a large moth, about 4.5cm total length. The body was very fat and fuzzy, covered in orange hair. The wings were ruddy with a beautiful purplish edge, and a single white dot in the middle of each. He was pretty chilled out, someone picked him up and he seemed fine until he squirted really horrible liquid out of his butt. Then he flew off! Adults do not feed and are active during the daytime.


Found this at Wekiwa Spring in Florida, quite a muggy and swampy area.

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SukanyaDatta 8 years ago

So pretty. Great find.

LauraMaria 8 years ago

Thanks Hema, it certainly was!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago


LauraMaria 9 years ago

Wow, thanks everyone! It was such a cool thing to find :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Lovely one Laura :-)

Seema 9 years ago

nice colors

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 9 years ago

Lovely !!! Very nice series.. Beautiful Moth !! :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

Great series! I love this moth!

LauraMaria 9 years ago

Thanks everyone! J, I added my spotting to your mission :D Dan, this guy spewed some nasty liquid out of his butt, so kinda glad he wasn't on my face hahahaha!! But I feel I missed a prime opportunity for a good profile picture...

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Gorgeous, Laura! Please add this to my mission, "Moths of the World:"

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Of course Lauren, you're not cool until you've had the bug on your face!! Haha!

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

What a beauty! Always put them on your face for the real experience!!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Fantastic! Should have put it on your face!

Elsa 9 years ago

What a pretty fluffy little thing!

RiekoS 9 years ago

Very pretty.

Dixie 9 years ago


LauraMaria 9 years ago

Oh wow, that's quite the brain fart I had going there! I'd just been chatting to Malcolm, and seems I got my wires crossed. So sorry Debbie hahaha!!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

Any time Laura but i wasn't Malcolm last time I looked haha ;-)

LauraMaria 9 years ago

He's brilliant! Thanks for the comment Malcolm :D

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

Fabulous fuzzy moth Laura Maria

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 4, 2013
Submitted on Aug 4, 2013

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