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Saturniidae
890017.007723Anisota virginiensis – Pink-striped Oakworm Moth – (Drury, 1773)

Carol Wolf
Distribution: Eastern US and Canada. The southern boundary is unknown. Anisota virginiensis (Drury, 1773) and the related species A. discolor Ferguson, 1971 and A. pellucida (Smith, 1797) are all similar and have been variously treated as separate species, synonyms, or subspecies of a wide-ranging A. virginiensis. Since we cannot independently verify the identities of all specimens representing data points for A. virgienis sensu lato on MPG, all populations are treated together on the map above.
Similar Species:
  • 7723 A. virginiensis, 7723.1 A. pellucida and 7723.2 A. discolor may not be identifiable by external morphological characters.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: Select/reselect View by Region on the related species page.)
Taxonomic Notes: Anisota virginiensis (Drury, 1773) included as a subspecies [7723.1] A. v. pellucida (Smith, 1797) and [7723.2] A. v. discolor Ferguson, 1971 in the 1983 Hodges Checklist. Kitching et al. (2018) treats both as full species following Burke & Peigler (2009).
References
  • Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Burke, J.T. & R.S. Peigler, 2009. Phylogenetic Analysis of Anisota (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) Based on Scolus Size and Structure of Mature Larvae. Southeastern Naturalist, 8(4): 739-745.
  • Ferguson, D. C., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2a: p. 80; pl. 5.19-20, 22-23. order
  • Kitching, I., R. Rougerie, A. Zwick, C. Hamilton, R. St Laurent, S. Naumann, L. Ballesteros Mejia, A. Kawahara, 2018. A global checklist of the Bombycoidea (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Biodiversity Data Journal, 6: e22236.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
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