Attributes of Dryocampa rubicunda

Rosy maple moth
Dryocampa rubicunda (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Extremely variable in color. Upperside of wing is yellow to cream to white with pink at the margins and bases of the wings. The amount of pink can vary from covering most of the wing to being absent altogether. Form alba occurs in Missouri and is all white or white with some pink markings.
Wing Span: 1 5/16 - 2 1/16 inches (3.4 - 5.2 cm).
Life History: Adults emerge in the late afternoon and mate in the late evening. Females begin laying eggs at dusk the next day in groups of 10-30 on leaves of the host plant. Eggs hatch in about 2 weeks and feed gregariously when young. Older caterpillars feed alone. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate and overwinter in shallow underground chambers.
Flight: One brood in the north from May-August,two broods in the south from April-September, possibly three broods in the Deep South and Florida from March-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Maple trees including red maple (Acer rubrum), sugar maple (A. saccharum), and silver maple (A. saccharinum); and oak trees including turkey oak (Quercus laevis).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Deciduous forests.
Range: Nova Scotia west through Quebec to Ontario and Minnesota; south to Dade County, Florida, the Gulf Coast, and east Texas.
Conservation: Caterpillars can become pests by defoliating trees during occasional population explosions.
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 15, 2014 tigger7075 Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States April 15, 2014 Details
April 13, 2014 Donchip Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States April 14, 2014 Details
April 11, 2014 davlin58 Bradford County, Florida, United States April 11, 2014 Details
April 04, 2014 Leecalton Barbour County, Alabama, United States April 04, 2014 Details
April 02, 2014 harpo440 Wakulla County, Florida, United States April 02, 2014 Details
July 15, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 20, 2014 Details
March 11, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 12, 2014 Details
July 01, 2013 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States February 16, 2014 Details
June 28, 2013 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States February 16, 2014 Details
September 19, 2013 michaelmillsprings Fulton County, Georgia, United States February 12, 2014 Details
June 28, 2013 curtis.lehman (Stephen Kloiber) Wayne County, Pennsylvania, United States February 06, 2014 Details
June 06, 2011 adunaway Jefferson County, Indiana, United States December 27, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 dpford Ashe County, North Carolina, United States December 16, 2013 Details
July 13, 2012 Rangertsp Warren County, Tennessee, United States November 26, 2013 Details
August 02, 2012 Rangertsp Warren County, Tennessee, United States November 22, 2013 Details
October 27, 2013 BJHicks Guilford County, North Carolina, United States November 16, 2013 Details
September 16, 2013 Gunga1 Henderson County, North Carolina, United States October 21, 2013 Details
September 18, 2013 Kurt R. Schwarz Howard County, Maryland, United States October 15, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 kdegeiso New Castle County, Delaware, United States September 30, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 UrsulaV Chatham County, North Carolina, United States September 29, 2013 Details
August 09, 2008 David Trently Sevier County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 a-o Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States September 25, 2013 Details
August 04, 2007 David Trently Campbell County, Tennessee, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 17, 2013 BiggyMeows Baltimore County, Maryland, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 Tiger9415 Greenville County, South Carolina, United States September 15, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 brian patterson Alamance County, North Carolina, United States September 03, 2013 Details
July 13, 2012 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 trientalis.borealis Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States August 24, 2013 Details
August 05, 2013 y10kbeast Jackson County, Mississippi, United States August 21, 2013 Details
August 16, 2013 jratkins79 Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States August 19, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 michaeloberg Orange County, Florida, United States August 17, 2013 Details
June 07, 2013 april41684@gmail.com Wayne County, North Carolina, United States August 15, 2013 Details
May 11, 2013 cefredricks Polk County, Florida, United States August 15, 2013 Details
August 14, 2013 TMcGee Chesapeake City County, Virginia, United States August 14, 2013 Details
June 08, 2013 AllieK85 Androscoggin County, Maine, United States August 01, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 laplace001 Prince Edward County, Virginia, United States July 31, 2013 Details
June 29, 2013 Amy Langman Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States July 24, 2013 Details
July 17, 2013 davmcnaugh Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States July 22, 2013 Details
July 06, 2013 curtis.lehman Mercer County, Pennsylvania, United States July 18, 2013 Details
May 23, 2011 pam bridges Cocke County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2013 Details
July 02, 2013 nickenew Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States July 09, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 treichard Juniata County, Pennsylvania, United States July 08, 2013 Details
May 22, 2013 Jeremy Martin Allegany County, New York, United States July 08, 2013 Details
June 07, 2013 Jonathan Williams Overton County, Tennessee, United States July 08, 2013 Details
June 03, 2013 Holly_Grant Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States July 02, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 matthias.smith@gmail.com Chemung County, New York, United States July 02, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 davmcnaugh Forest County, Pennsylvania, United States July 01, 2013 Details
May 18, 2013 Tony DeSantis Moore County, North Carolina, United States June 30, 2013 Details
June 29, 2013 MicheleAllen York (mainland only) County, Maine, United States June 30, 2013 Details
June 25, 2013 Midge1201 Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States June 29, 2013 Details