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 08, 2014 edenny Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 nedeweese Lake County, Minnesota, United States July 25, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 Kevin C Slater Sr Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 wenchlori Greene County, Indiana, United States July 21, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada July 21, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 W. Mattson St Louis County, Minnesota, United States July 17, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 John Schwartz Kane County, Illinois, United States July 15, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 15, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 jsitas Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States July 06, 2014 Details
May 20, 2014 Rangertsp Dickson County, Tennessee, United States July 04, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 gbrand60 Morris County, New Jersey, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 beezhjack Ottawa County, Michigan, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 Aboover Knox County, Maine, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 Squire Washington County, Vermont, United States June 30, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 Jean Herlihy Cumberland County, Maine, United States June 28, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 cgdavis9362 Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 02, 2014 Chip Krilowicz Camden County, New Jersey, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 05, 2014 birdlover1977 Rutland County, Vermont, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 MnBWilliams Vermont, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 lpopp Cumberland County, Maine, United States June 21, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 lahowar Chisago County, Minnesota, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 11, 2014 bernardston4 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States June 14, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 Alan Greatorex Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States June 11, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 Dogbyt Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States June 11, 2014 Details
June 03, 2014 CraigOwens Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States June 03, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 shannon723 Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States May 29, 2014 Details
May 27, 2014 drynry Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2014 Details
May 27, 2014 drynry Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2014 Details
May 27, 2014 eric hartshaw Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States May 27, 2014 Details
May 22, 2014 Idun Guenther Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States May 22, 2014 Details
May 13, 2014 BenfieldBoys Cullman County, Alabama, United States May 14, 2014 Details
May 01, 2014 curtis.lehman Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States May 10, 2014 Details
April 03, 2014 courtneyh Clarke County, Alabama, United States April 04, 2014 Details
July 13, 2013 Castella56 Dutchess County, New York, United States September 27, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 CaraSong Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States September 19, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 lgrayart Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2013 Details
July 12, 2013 Erezek Oakland County, Michigan, United States July 31, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 ranger91 Oakland County, Michigan, United States July 30, 2013 Details
June 02, 2013 klavierabend Orange County, New York, United States July 15, 2013 Details
July 11, 2013 Pattikak Dutchess County, New York, United States July 13, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 Aboover Knox County, Maine, United States July 09, 2013 Details
July 01, 2013 sneang84 York (mainland only) County, Maine, United States July 02, 2013 Details
June 25, 2013 Mikefallen13 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States June 29, 2013 Details
June 20, 2013 brittonfaith Lawrence County, Ohio, United States June 28, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 cdw9 Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States June 15, 2013 Details
June 11, 2013 savdbygrace2 Allegany County, Maryland, United States June 12, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 djc5656 Kent County, Rhode Island, United States June 11, 2013 Details
May 30, 2013 kfisherny Erie County, New York, United States June 03, 2013 Details
May 29, 2013 RayBeers31 Suffolk County, New York, United States June 03, 2013 Details
May 30, 2013 ildikoVT Addison County, Vermont, United States June 03, 2013 Details