Subject: anisota virgeniensis eggs
Location: winter park, fl
March 9, 2017 5:11 pm
I found a group of eggs outside on the floor which are from the Anisota virgeniensis family. what should I do with them? what do they feed on? how long do they take to hatch? I’m trying to figure out what tree to put them on, what leaves..
We are impressed that you were able to identify these eggs and puzzled why you did not know the answer to some of your questions once you had an identity. Your eggs do indeed look like the eggs of a Pink-Striped Oakworm, Anisota virginiensis, based on this BugGuide image. According to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on leaves of oak.” We suspect the eggs will likely hatch when new growth is sprouting on the oaks.
I had put them on an oak tree, but I wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing because I would’ve been upset if I didn’t. I tend to overthink things and I like to be re-assured of an answer. Thank you for your response.
We are tagging your posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.