Attributes of Automeris io

Io moth
Automeris io (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Hemileucinae
Identification: Upperside occasionally males from the spring brood will be mostly brown. Female forewings are brown or brownish purple to red and the bands and eyespots may or may not be apparent. Hindwings of both sexes are yellow to brownish orange with yellow or orange margins. Each hindwing has a large black and blue eyespot with a white dash in the middle.
Wing Span: 2 - 3 1/8 inches (5 - 8 cm).
Life History: Adults emerge during late morning or early afternoon, and mating takes place in the late evening. Females lay clumps of eggs on leaves or stems of the host plants. Young caterpillars feed together as a group and move in long "trains" while older caterpillars feed alone. Papery cocoons are spun in litter under the host plant or in crevices.
Flight: One brood in the north from May-June, two to three broods in the south from February-September, several broods throughout the year in the Florida Keys.
Caterpillar Hosts: A variety of plants including hackberry (Celtis), willow (Salix), mesquite (Prosopis), redbud (Cercis), currant (Ribes), blackberry (Rubus), and pear (Pyrus).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Deciduous forests, thorn scrub, and suburban areas.
Range: Maine west across southern Canada to southeastern Manitoba, the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Colorado; south to the Florida Keys, the Gulf states, Texas, and New Mexico; Mexico south to Costa Rico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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May 12, 2016 memaw70 Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States May 13, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 peterogers15 Brevard County, Florida, United States April 21, 2016 Details
August 19, 2015 amyschaich@yahoo.com Orange County, North Carolina, United States April 09, 2016 Details
June 30, 2014 JohnBoback Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States April 03, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 alljiang Brazoria County, Texas, United States March 27, 2016 Details
June 19, 2015 curtis.lehman Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States January 11, 2016 Details
June 15, 2015 curtis.lehman (Jerry McWilliams) Warren County, Pennsylvania, United States December 15, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Butterfly Ridge Hocking County, Ohio, United States December 05, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Butterfly Ridge Hocking County, Ohio, United States December 05, 2015 Details
November 02, 2015 D. Dodd Texas, Starr County, United States November 29, 2015 Details
November 27, 2015 seemor123 Glades County, Florida, United States November 29, 2015 Details
August 03, 2014 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada November 16, 2015 Details
October 15, 2015 Syncopations Texas, Nueces County, United States October 17, 2015 Details
May 29, 2015 curtis.lehman Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States October 17, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 Appy-Brown Grand Isle County, Vermont, United States October 11, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States October 02, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 michaeloberg Etowah County, Alabama, United States September 21, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 michaeloberg Etowah County, Alabama, United States September 21, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 michaeloberg Etowah County, Alabama, United States September 21, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 Elvientoloco San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States September 16, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 brownlemming Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States September 15, 2015 Details
June 06, 2014 RVHiker Albemarle County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 michaeloberg Etowah County, Alabama, United States September 10, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 michaeloberg Etowah County, Alabama, United States September 10, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 michaeloberg Etowah County, Alabama, United States September 10, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 Rangertsp Pickett County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 dick rowen Morrow County, Ohio, United States September 08, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 amichael9 Harlan County, Kentucky, United States August 27, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States August 16, 2015 Details
August 10, 2015 GBTYTEAM Virginia, Virginia Beach County, United States August 14, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 hleskovics Rabun County, Georgia, United States August 07, 2015 Details
October 01, 1992 Greenesnake Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 cheesewhiz57. Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 stephen stedman Smith County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 treichard Allegany County, Maryland, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 Makincurls Perry County, Pennsylvania, United States July 04, 2015 Details
June 12, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 16, 2015 franpope Garrett County, Maryland, United States July 02, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 Les in Ohio Guernsey County, Ohio, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 Cheri Pierce Orange County, Florida, United States June 24, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 michbirder Clare County, Michigan, United States June 24, 2015 Details
June 10, 2015 froghavenfarm Hickman County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 Jay Sturner Knox County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 20, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States June 20, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 18, 2015 Details
May 25, 2014 froghavenfarm Lee County, Virginia, United States June 17, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 Zizz Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States June 17, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 Bushytail3 Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States June 17, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 Renee Roma Broome County, New York, United States June 15, 2015 Details