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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September 01, 2015 mrswilliamsclass Virginia, United States, Winchester City County September 01, 2015 Details
August 18, 2015 Happyhealy Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 06, 2015 Sandra Pertica Virginia, United States, Warren County August 29, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States August 22, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 Rangertsp Franklin County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 JLyn.Nature Richmond County, Georgia, United States August 15, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 Bob Kipfer Christian County, Missouri, United States August 13, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 hdyess002 Sabine Parish, Louisiana, United States August 08, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 bsperry Hardy County, West Virginia, United States August 08, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 Amaryllis Davidson County, North Carolina, United States August 05, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 Moon Guilford County, North Carolina, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 Mara Holley Washington County, Tennessee, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 caw33iii Wake County, North Carolina, United States July 26, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 Elizabeth Wolfe Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 jrossbell@gmail.com Morgan County, Kentucky, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 mavericksmommy Anderson County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 c.c. Bay County, Florida, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 Jeff Trahan Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 fern73 Okeechobee County, Florida, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Gomer Nova Scotia, Canada July 18, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 Sharon Ganzler Accomack County, Virginia, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Marvin Smith Searcy County, Arkansas, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 smacss Hancock County, Maine, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 09, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 williebthere Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States July 07, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 PalmRunner Lake County, Florida, United States July 03, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 digginflowers Page County, Virginia, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 Jeff Trahan Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 curtis.lehman Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States June 28, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 franpope Garrett County, Maryland, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 Louis J. Cassorla Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States June 24, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 Jetshadow Virginia, United States June 19, 2015 Details
April 23, 2015 froghavenfarm Lee County, Virginia, United States June 17, 2015 Details
May 24, 2014 froghavenfarm Lee County, Virginia, United States June 17, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 17, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States June 15, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 lilkriskattn Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States June 15, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States June 14, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 Sepp Meier Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States June 13, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 abennett72084 Washington County, Maine, United States June 09, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 Sgraham Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States June 03, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 nosh1902 McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States June 02, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 Magical Mycologist Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 a-o Wayne County, Pennsylvania, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States May 25, 2015 Details
May 20, 2015 Moon Guilford County, North Carolina, United States May 20, 2015 Details
May 30, 2008 Jeremy Martin Cattaraugus County, New York, United States May 17, 2015 Details