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Species Anisota manitobensis - Hodges#7717

Oakworm Moth - Anisota manitobensis - male
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Ceratocampinae (Royal Moths)
Genus Anisota
Species manitobensis (Anisota manitobensis - Hodges#7717)
Hodges Number
7717
Identification
Similar to Anisota stigma, but dark speckling is reduced or absent and the wings are generally a bit narrower (males) and with more contrasting pink shading (both sexes).
Range
Southern Manitoba, Canada, and North Dakota(?). Possibly as far south as Nebraska if the specimen here on BugGuide is correctly identified.
Remarks
A very rarely reported saturniid, records are very sparse and primarily pre 1970s.
Print References
Henne, D. C. (2002). Distribution and biology of Anisota manitobensis (Saturniidae) in southern Manitoba. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 56(1), 5-8. (full text PDF)
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Works Cited
1.The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins. 1996. Cornell University Press.