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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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
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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
May 26, 2015 diggytron5000 Monroe County, Indiana, United States May 26, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 LordMibu Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States May 26, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 Les in Ohio Guernsey County, Ohio, United States May 21, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 Les in Ohio Guernsey County, Ohio, United States May 17, 2015 Details
May 11, 2015 bmassa1980 Baltimore County, Maryland, United States May 16, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 treichard Allegany County, Maryland, United States May 15, 2015 Details
May 04, 2015 TravisL98 St Clair County, Illinois, United States May 04, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 Hotty6544 Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States March 21, 2015 Details
July 01, 1978 redbirds Ashe County, North Carolina, United States March 05, 2015 Details
May 30, 2014 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States February 02, 2015 Details
June 14, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States February 01, 2015 Details
May 29, 1980 Indy Entomologist Marshall County, Indiana, United States January 30, 2015 Details
June 09, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 29, 2015 Details
March 14, 1979 Indy Entomologist Pulaski County, Indiana, United States January 27, 2015 Details
July 19, 2014 JFerris Ontario County, New York, United States January 26, 2015 Details
June 09, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 23, 2015 Details
October 05, 2013 strixv Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States January 07, 2015 Details
June 15, 2014 ronnielee31x Tioga County, New York, United States December 12, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 kwhite22 Madison County, New York, United States December 10, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 matthew300 Chautauqua County, New York, United States December 10, 2014 Details
June 05, 2014 Barbara1123 Cortland County, New York, United States December 09, 2014 Details
June 05, 2014 MartinL Sullivan County, New York, United States December 08, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 Sue Gregoire Schuyler County, New York, United States December 07, 2014 Details
June 01, 2014 Arianna Columbia County, New York, United States December 02, 2014 Details