Nature School Game Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Pink-Striped Oakworm Moth

Anisota virginiensis


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]


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]


In these pictures a male and a female are mating.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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

Related Spottings

Spiny oakworm moth Pink-striped Oakworm Pink-striped oakworm moth spiny oakworm moth

Nearby Spottings

Northern Leopard Frog Spotting White Admiral Racoon
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors