Attributes of Citheronia splendens

Splendid royal moth
Citheronia splendens (Druce, 1886)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Upperside of forewing is dark gray with red veins and white oval spots between the veins. Upperside of hindwing is dark gray on the outer half and cream on the inner half, with red veins and a red wing base.
Wing Span: 4 3/16 - 5 7/8 inches (10.6 - 15 cm).
Life History: Females lay eggs in groups of 1-4 on both sides of host plant leaves. Young caterpillars resemble bird droppings and rest on top of leaves, feeding in the evening. Older caterpillars feed occasionally during the day and rest on leaf petioles or stems. In September the caterpillars burrow into the ground to make pupation chambers.
Flight: One flight from July-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Wild cotton (Gossypium thurberi), manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens), New Mexico evergreen sumac (Rhus choriophylla), and squawbush (Rhus trilobata).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Riparian corridors and scrubland in foothills.
Range: Southern Arizona south into central and southeastern Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
July 20, 2014 nightwings8 Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States July 30, 2014 Details
September 08, 2011 ptosis Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 12, 2014 Details
September 08, 2013 Lois'Pets Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 12, 2014 Details
September 16, 2013 jordabi Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 12, 2014 Details
July 31, 2013 Carrol56 Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States August 20, 2013 Details
September 24, 2011 BradClifton Pima County, Arizona, United States May 10, 2012 Details
August 04, 2008 Jim Brighton Cochise County, Arizona, United States May 08, 2012 Details
July 30, 1983 legacy.reporter (James P. Tuttle) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
July 24, 2004 legacy.reporter (B/B) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
July 29, 1981 legacy.reporter (Michael J. Smith) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
July 29, 1983 legacy.reporter (James P. Tuttle) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
September 05, 1976 legacy.reporter (Michael J. Smith) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
August 28, 1987 legacy.reporter (James P. Tuttle) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
August 06, 2002 legacy.reporter (B/B) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
July 27, 1972 legacy.reporter (Michael J. Smith) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
July 25, 1975 legacy.reporter (Paul M. Tuskes) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
August 28, 1998 legacy.reporter (James P. Tuttle) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
September 14, 1998 legacy.reporter (James P. Tuttle) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pima County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sinaloa, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sonora, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details