Attributes of Callosamia securifera

Sweetbay silkmoth
Callosamia securifera (Maassen, 1873)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Saturniinae
Identification: Males are much darker than females. Wings are yellowish brown; cell spots are yellowish, those on hindwing are often reduced or absent in the male. Underside is without much contrast between the basal and outer portions of the wings. Summer brood is darker than the spring brood. In the extreme south, females of the spring brood are often yellowish orange.
Wing Span: 2 15/16 - 3 15/16 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).
Life History: Both sexes are active during the day, and mating takes place between 1 PM and 3 PM. Females lay eggs at dusk, in short rows on the host plant leaves. Eggs hatch in about a week, and the young caterpillars are gregarious feeders. Older caterpillars are solitary feeders, and do not eat the main vein of the leaf. Instead, they cut the leaf petiole at the base and it falls to the ground, perhaps a defensive measure eliminating visual or olfactory signs of feeding. Several leaves are used to form the cocoon, which is attached to the host plant by a silk-reinforced petiole. The cocoon hangs from the plant throughout the winter.
Flight: Two broods through most of the range from April-May and in August; three broods in Florida and southeastern Louisiana from March-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Coastal swamps and moist areas in pinewoods.
Range: Coastal areas from Virginia south to the Florida panhandle and west through Mississippi.
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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October 10, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States October 11, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 Shaina Noggle Osceola County, Florida, United States July 24, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 snakeowl Mitchell County, North Carolina, United States July 13, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States June 25, 2014 Details
May 19, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 21, 2014 Details
April 25, 2014 MaryAnn Friedman Okaloosa County, Florida, United States May 09, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 ridgeboy Polk County, Florida, United States April 27, 2014 Details
March 21, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 22, 2014 Details
March 03, 2014 RTSinsects Seminole County, Florida, United States March 10, 2014 Details
October 08, 2012 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States October 08, 2012 Details
May 21, 2009 Alan Harvey Bulloch County, Georgia, United States August 30, 2011 Details
April 29, 2011 Tony DeSantis Camden County, North Carolina, United States April 29, 2011 Details
June 01, 2010 vinstanton Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States March 29, 2011 Details
August 22, 2003 legacy.reporter (Mark Etheridge) Frederick County, Maryland, United States March 10, 2009 Details
December 27, 1982 legacy.reporter (Jeffrey P. Crolla) Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States July 25, 2008 Details
January 18, 2006 legacy.reporter (Brian G. Scholtens) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States July 25, 2008 Details
January 01, 1970 legacy.reporter (Richard B. Dominick Moth and Butterfly Collection) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States December 10, 2007 Details
August 05, 2007 jasondroberts (Jason Roberts) Paulding County, Georgia, United States October 01, 2007 Details
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