Attributes of Callosamia promethea

Promethea silkmoth
Callosamia promethea (Drury, 1773)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Saturniinae
Identification: Males and females differ. Male body is black; wings are black with tan borders, faint tan postmedian lines, and pink near the eyespots on the forewing tips. Female wings are dark brown to reddish-brown with tan borders and well-developed tan cell spots on all wings.
Wing Span: 2 15/16 - 3 3/4 inches (7.5 - 9.5 cm).
Life History: Males seek females in the afternoon and early evening, with most mating occurring from 4 PM to sunset. At night, females lay rows of 4-10 eggs on the upperside of host plant leaves. Young caterpillars feed together while older caterpillars are solitary. Older caterpillars do not eat the leaf midvein, but cut the leaf petiole at the base so it falls to the ground, perhaps a defensive measure eliminating visual or olfactory signs of feeding. A caterpillar ready to pupate strengthens a leaf petiole with silk and then spins its cocoon inside the curled leaf. The cocoon hangs from the host plant throughout the winter.
Flight: One brood from May-July in the north, two broods from March-May and in August in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: A broad range of plants including spicebush (Lindera benzoin), sassafras (Sassafras albidum), tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana), white ash (Fraxinus americana), lilac (Syringa vulgaris), and others.
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Deciduous woodlands.
Range: Eastern United States to the Great Plains and Maine west through southern Quebec and Wisconsin to Minnesota; south to the Florida panhandle, the Gulf coast, and east Texas.
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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July 10, 2016 paperry Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 MzGrimm Portage County, Ohio, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 cabin countess Iowa County, Wisconsin, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 01, 2016 ba.dickson@verizon.net Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States July 07, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Kberly Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States June 28, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 bbwoooods Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States June 15, 2016 Details
June 08, 2016 Julesanne Garrett County, Maryland, United States June 08, 2016 Details
June 07, 2016 jollygoodyellow Ontario, Canada June 07, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 rcarver81 Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States June 03, 2016 Details
May 26, 2016 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States June 03, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 kthurber Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 edenny Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 TCat7187 Cecil County, Maryland, United States May 20, 2016 Details
May 17, 2016 M1zpah82 Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States May 17, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 Les in Ohio Guernsey County, Ohio, United States May 13, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 mikewenger Rappahannock County, Virginia, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 02, 2016 Fleurrie Montgomery County, Maryland, United States April 08, 2016 Details
July 14, 2015 butterflyqueen Barry County, Michigan, United States February 10, 2016 Details
June 09, 2013 Ilse Gebhard Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States February 10, 2016 Details
July 29, 2011 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada November 16, 2015 Details
September 02, 2015 Sburnison8109 Ontario, Canada November 04, 2015 Details
June 11, 2015 Stacypilkington New London County, Connecticut, United States October 11, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada September 30, 2015 Details
April 28, 2014 Greenesnake Gibson County, Tennessee, United States September 07, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 FLYDRIVE Wayne County, Michigan, United States September 04, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 louiecski Baltimore County, Maryland, United States August 24, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 Joshua Spence Murray County, Georgia, United States August 01, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Devyn_swim23 Ohio, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 30, 2015 johnw Ohio County, West Virginia, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 Btad4uk22 Bullitt County, Kentucky, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 Rich Civil Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 Tuppermichelle Ontario, Canada July 16, 2015 Details
July 13, 2015 sjgkmuise Ontario, Canada July 14, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 Monica Miller Greene County, Pennsylvania, United States July 14, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 TCat7187 Cecil County, Maryland, United States July 10, 2015 Details
August 11, 2014 ottawajordan Quebec, Canada July 09, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 taylorcreek Albemarle County, Virginia, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 Lorraine Sander Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 staubly Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States July 07, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 John Schwartz Kane County, Illinois, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 22, 2014 Clarentine Goochland County, Virginia, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 Ewan_bug Ontario, Canada June 28, 2015 Details
May 16, 2015 Teamtcb Richmond County, New York, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 dsaltis Herkimer County, New York, United States June 07, 2015 Details
June 03, 2015 Deidre2382 Minnesota, United States June 05, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 percherongal Chenango County, New York, United States June 03, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 vcory Putnam County, New York, United States June 01, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 Bushytail3 Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States May 31, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 raymondcava Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 jmhuyett Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States May 27, 2015 Details