Do rosy maple moths bite?

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asked Nov 26, 2021 in Other-Home/Garden by sniffles899 (790 points)
Do rosy maple moths bite?

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answered Nov 26, 2021 by Jamie (47,160 points)
Rosy maple moths don't bite you but the rosy maple moth can sting you which can be painful.

Rosy Maple Moths aren't dangerous but rosy maple moth caterpillars can sting.

Its spines carry a toxin that might be poisonous when it comes to contact with the human skin.

The Rosy Maple Moth is a species of small moths from North America, but is often called the 'great silk moths'.

The moths are also a popular choice in the pet trade.

Rosy maple moth larvae are known as greenstriped mapleworms, and they undergo five instars prior to adulthood, during which their coloration and eating behavior changes. In early instars, the pupa have relatively large black heads and pale yellow-green bodies with faint green stripes.

Dryocampa rubicunda, the rosy maple moth, is a small North American moth in the family Saturniidae, also known as the great silk moths.

It was first described by Johan Christian Fabricius in 1793.

Found throughout North America, this moth is not generally considered a pest, though its caterpillars have proven to be a nuisance to various maple tree species.

Adult rosy maple moths are distinguishable by their bright pink and yellow color, although exact coloration can vary significantly.

Both sexes have a wingspan of 32–55 mm.

Their bodies are woolly, and typically yellow on the top and pink on the underside, but can range to cream or white.

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