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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April 05, 2014 jann5956 Hidalgo County, Texas, United States April 10, 2014 Details
April 07, 2014 nightkrawler Palm Beach County, Florida, United States April 09, 2014 Details
March 16, 2014 BakCompat Hidalgo County, Texas, United States March 17, 2014 Details
September 05, 2013 nmartens Chatham County, Georgia, United States March 04, 2014 Details
July 05, 2013 tjantscher Fremont County, Iowa, United States February 12, 2014 Details
February 07, 2014 lilylove90 Broward County, Florida, United States February 07, 2014 Details
September 20, 2013 aut2bhomeincarolina Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States February 06, 2014 Details
January 18, 2014 Mensore Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States January 19, 2014 Details
September 07, 2013 dandtkienzle Tunica County, Mississippi, United States January 12, 2014 Details
September 08, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
September 17, 2013 Leyra Broward County, Florida, United States October 30, 2013 Details
October 29, 2013 wordensh Charlotte County, Florida, United States October 30, 2013 Details
October 28, 2013 Sarah Greening Osceola County, Florida, United States October 28, 2013 Details
June 11, 2013 amalia Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico October 25, 2013 Details
August 21, 2011 CathK Albany County, New York, United States October 06, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States October 06, 2013 Details
June 18, 2013 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States September 28, 2013 Details
August 11, 2011 UrsulaV Chatham County, North Carolina, United States September 28, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 hunter58 Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 27, 2013 Details
April 28, 2011 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States September 25, 2013 Details
August 19, 2013 Michaelcrouse94 Maryland, United States September 19, 2013 Details
September 03, 2013 Rose A. Payne Georgia, United States, Upson County September 17, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 Darwin 1935 Chatham County, Georgia, United States September 16, 2013 Details
September 11, 2013 anhehe Florida, United States September 11, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 accphotography Fayette County, Kentucky, United States September 04, 2013 Details
August 27, 2013 loisennis Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States August 28, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 Nancy Weiss Albemarle County, Virginia, United States August 21, 2013 Details
July 29, 2013 jrtpippen Dinwiddie County, Virginia, United States August 13, 2013 Details
June 18, 2013 Mommyof2 Duval County, Florida, United States August 11, 2013 Details
August 22, 2011 TerraEmerald Allegany County, Maryland, United States August 10, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States August 01, 2013 Details
July 20, 2013 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States July 30, 2013 Details
July 17, 2013 davmcnaugh Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States July 22, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 horsehippy Marion County, West Virginia, United States July 21, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 john d williams Leelanau County, Michigan, United States July 17, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 jgvaz03 Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States July 16, 2013 Details
July 13, 2013 BigMcC62 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 13, 2013 Details
July 06, 2013 Jonathan Williams Overton County, Tennessee, United States July 09, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 xyloshan Wake County, North Carolina, United States July 08, 2013 Details
July 04, 2007 Annika Lindqvist Dallas County, Texas, United States July 07, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 Leannarose Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States July 06, 2013 Details
June 26, 2013 rdhealy1951 Hardin County, Kentucky, United States July 03, 2013 Details
June 24, 2013 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States July 02, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 davmcnaugh Forest County, Pennsylvania, United States July 01, 2013 Details
June 23, 2013 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States July 01, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 ratchat Onondaga County, New York, United States June 30, 2013 Details
June 17, 2012 groehm Hardee County, Florida, United States June 30, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 jtp345 Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States June 30, 2013 Details
June 28, 2013 fyg545 Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States June 30, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 Muztang999 Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States June 27, 2013 Details