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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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
May 31, 2013 ildikoVT Addison County, Vermont, United States June 03, 2013 Details
June 01, 2013 ildikoVT Addison County, Vermont, United States June 03, 2013 Details
May 30, 2013 KellyB Allegany County, New York, United States June 01, 2013 Details
May 27, 2013 Nancyo Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States May 30, 2013 Details
May 23, 2013 bmuses Rockland County, New York, United States May 24, 2013 Details
May 18, 2013 lachatonne Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States May 19, 2013 Details
May 13, 2013 CosmicTwister Graham County, North Carolina, United States May 13, 2013 Details
June 15, 2003 fmgee Ontario, Canada April 29, 2013 Details
April 16, 2013 Corriemony Piscataquis County, Maine, United States April 28, 2013 Details
May 15, 2012 klavierabend Orange County, New York, United States March 23, 2013 Details
July 16, 2009 Ilona L. Dane County, Wisconsin, United States February 09, 2013 Details
April 08, 2004 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Montour County, Pennsylvania, United States January 26, 2013 Details
June 03, 2006 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States January 26, 2013 Details
June 03, 2000 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States January 26, 2013 Details
June 06, 2010 tjantscher Linn County, Iowa, United States January 14, 2013 Details
June 16, 2010 tjantscher Linn County, Iowa, United States January 14, 2013 Details
June 09, 2012 adelzeller Benton County, Iowa, United States December 29, 2012 Details
June 08, 2012 LinRandolph Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States December 13, 2012 Details
July 24, 2011 Ken Childs Chester County, Tennessee, United States November 29, 2012 Details
June 01, 1994 curtis.lehman Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States November 25, 2012 Details
June 27, 2012 K3Mike Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States November 24, 2012 Details
June 16, 2012 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States October 19, 2012 Details
August 11, 2012 stovallf Georgia, Telfair County, United States September 22, 2012 Details
September 12, 2012 Liz L Bryan County, Georgia, United States September 22, 2012 Details
July 12, 2009 David Trently Campbell County, Tennessee, United States September 17, 2012 Details
June 08, 2011 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States August 21, 2012 Details
April 03, 2012 andrew.david.white Dawson County, Georgia, United States August 17, 2012 Details
August 04, 2012 trek10 Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States August 08, 2012 Details
June 29, 2012 widget Muskegon County, Michigan, United States August 03, 2012 Details
June 06, 2012 rosemarie04921 Waldo County, Maine, United States August 02, 2012 Details
July 22, 2012 LECA Ontario, Canada July 23, 2012 Details
July 06, 2012 DCD621 Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States July 11, 2012 Details