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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September 06, 2014 sshively Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 06, 2014 krichard Alachua County, Florida, United States September 06, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 03, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 jjflossem Manatee County, Florida, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 Mrsmedeiros Seminole County, Florida, United States August 21, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 apoole Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States August 07, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Blocky Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States August 06, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 Blocky Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States August 06, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States August 01, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 rdhealy1951 Menifee County, Kentucky, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 davmcnaugh Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 gldearman Jefferson County, Florida, United States July 27, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 slroar02 Casey County, Kentucky, United States July 21, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 Joshua Spence Murray County, Georgia, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 Eve Marshall County, Alabama, United States July 19, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 jesmorgan Worcester County, Maryland, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 jratkins79 Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 mleibsla Carroll County, Ohio, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 dandelionbomb Butte County, South Dakota, United States July 11, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 MariLava Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 Chemteach3 Washington County, Rhode Island, United States July 07, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States July 06, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 cjmiller29 Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States July 03, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 Eemond55 Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States July 03, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 NigelBI Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 danikytn80 Mahoning County, Ohio, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 bdelidow Wayne County, West Virginia, United States June 29, 2014 Details
June 25, 2014 aousanow Hanover County, Virginia, United States June 28, 2014 Details
June 25, 2014 tisnotu Ashley County, Arkansas, United States June 26, 2014 Details
May 01, 2014 Ken Cheeks Edgefield County, South Carolina, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 20, 2011 jackif Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 Newbeginnings8208 Washington County, New York, United States June 16, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 CathK Albany County, New York, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 taylorcreek Albemarle County, Virginia, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 taylorcreek Albemarle County, Virginia, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 ASilva91084 Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States June 09, 2014 Details
May 21, 2014 LibbyE Lee County, Florida, United States June 04, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 j funk Crawford County, Indiana, United States May 25, 2014 Details
May 11, 2014 taylorcreek Albemarle County, Virginia, United States May 11, 2014 Details
May 08, 2014 Jules5523 Chatham County, Georgia, United States May 08, 2014 Details
April 27, 2014 Debbie Taylor Pope County, Arkansas, United States May 06, 2014 Details
May 02, 2014 Spyder Munkai Collin County, Texas, United States May 02, 2014 Details
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