Saturday, July 09, 2011

Backyard bug of the day: Orange-tipped Oakworm Moths

The other day, this male Orange-tipped Oakworm Moth was sitting on the stones outside the basement door. Nice fuzzy red/orange body, no antennae, red/brown wings, white dot on fore-wing, black spots all over the wings.

LinkTwo days later, this female showed up:

This kind of moth, Species Anisota senatoria - Orange-tipped oakworm moth - Hodges#7719, is a Saturniidae. I've gotten a Saturniidae in my yard each year for the last 3 years, but its been a different subspecies each time.

Like other Saturniidaes, the adults do not eat. These adults emerge from caterpillars in late June - mid July. They only live a few days (because they cannot eat), so they mate and die.

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