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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. 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. The species is considered a pest of forests because it defoliates trees. Mating occurs in midmorning and extends to late morning. The males attract females by buzzing similar to a bee. 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. If there is an outbreak of this species, an arsenical spray can be used. 
The moth can be found across Canada from Nova Scotia to southeastern Manitoba. The species can be found in deciduous woodland, suburbs, and tree-lined city streets.
In these pictures a male and a female are mating.