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Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Anisota virginiensis pellucida)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Pink-striped Oakworm Moth

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Pink-striped Oakworm Moths are an attractive moth casting shades of brown, pink and purple as they roam through groves of oak trees.

Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Female and male Pink-striped Oakworm Moths are slightly different in appearance. Males have a translucent patch that females lack and they are slightly darker. Males are active in the day, and females are attracted to lights at night. Males are agile in flight and may be mistaken for a bee at first glance. Both genders have a bright white dot on each forewing and a thick band of pink that borders the bottom edges of their wings.

Caterpillars are a greenish-brown color covered in small white speckles. Long, pink stripes stretch from head to rear and segments are studded with short black spikes. They feed on the leaves of many types of oak trees and can be found grouped together as well as alone. Look for Pink-striped Oakworm Moths in the eastern part of the continent in deciduous forests and woodlands as well as in parks and backyards that have oak trees.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Saturniidae
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          Genus: Anisota
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            Species: virginiensis pellucida
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Anisota virginiensis pellucida
Other Name(s): Southern Pink Striped Oakworm Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 33mm to 45mm (1.29" to 1.77")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; pink; white; orange; yellow
Descriptors: line; rose; spot; bee-like; flying; white dot on wing; orange-brown; pink bottom

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 33mm (1.3in) and 45mm (1.8in)
Lo: 33mm
Md: 39mm
Hi: 45mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Pink-striped Oakworm Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Pink-striped Oakworm Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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