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Pink-Striped Oakworm Moth

Anisota virginiensis

Description:

The female's wings are purplish red, blended with ochre-yellow, have thin scales, and are almost transparent. The male's wings are purplish brown with a large transparent space in the middle.[2] The females are larger than the males. The moth's wing span 4.2 centimeters to 6.6 centimeters. The conservation of the moth is usually not required.[3] The species is considered a pest of forests because it defoliates trees.[4] Mating occurs in midmorning and extends to late morning. The males attract females by buzzing similar to a bee.[5] Mating goes by fast. The male and female stay together for the rest of the day and then the female finds a place to lay eggs. The eggs are laid in clusters under oak leaves.[5] If there is an outbreak of this species, an arsenical spray can be used.[6] [edit]

Habitat:

The moth can be found across Canada from Nova Scotia to southeastern Manitoba.[5] The species can be found in deciduous woodland, suburbs, and tree-lined city streets.[3]

Notes:

In these pictures a male and a female are mating.

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Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jun 14, 2011
Submitted on Jun 14, 2011

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