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 12, 2016 Mandrake New Jersey, United States September 12, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 NJc Cape May County, New Jersey, United States September 02, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 Tinosmimi Baldwin County, Alabama, United States August 23, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 01, 2016 CaptainDucky Giles County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 curtis.lehman (Matthew Rodriquez) Cass County, North Dakota, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 je.kamvar Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States August 12, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States August 08, 2016 Details
July 31, 2016 EllieMay Indiana, United States August 02, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 CA Ivy Logan County, Arkansas, United States August 01, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States July 30, 2016 Details
June 14, 2016 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States July 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 22, 2016 Details
June 11, 2015 iangardner Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 Kalta15 Guilford County, North Carolina, United States July 15, 2016 Details
June 07, 2016 jmarcel66 Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States July 14, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 dncms Knox County, Ohio, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 paintr Ocean County, New Jersey, United States July 10, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 Mrstsjones Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States July 05, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 BelairPhil Patrick County, Virginia, United States July 05, 2016 Details
May 25, 2016 Andrea.m0216 Carroll County, Georgia, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 jgiltner Isle Of Wight County, Virginia, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 amyschaich@yahoo.com Orange County, North Carolina, United States June 30, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 jollygoodyellow Nova Scotia, Canada June 30, 2016 Details
June 20, 2016 montreatifly Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States June 30, 2016 Details
June 24, 2015 devjohnstone Nova Scotia, Canada June 30, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 Carrimomma2 Jefferson County, Ohio, United States June 29, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States June 15, 2016 Details
May 11, 2016 birdsnbees Columbia County, Georgia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 Aboover Knox County, Maine, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 Sastearns Medina County, Ohio, United States June 06, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 hdad58 Coos County, New Hampshire, United States June 04, 2016 Details
June 06, 2015 Julesanne Garrett County, Maryland, United States June 01, 2016 Details
April 29, 2016 Aleasha Carrier Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 22, 2016 edenny Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States May 25, 2016 Details
May 09, 2016 Wauchessi Knox County, Tennessee, United States May 10, 2016 Details
May 01, 2016 K. S. Veitch Laurel County, Kentucky, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 18, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States April 22, 2016 Details
April 13, 2016 Little House in the Big Woods Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States April 22, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 johnmiller Bradley County, Tennessee, United States April 17, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Adair County, Oklahoma, United States April 17, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 Opspoint Sevier County, Tennessee, United States April 16, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 nblanton Wake County, North Carolina, United States April 16, 2016 Details
April 05, 2016 Teehayes23 Pender County, North Carolina, United States April 06, 2016 Details
July 03, 2014 JohnBoback Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States April 03, 2016 Details
March 22, 2016 Mykandra Florida, United States March 25, 2016 Details
March 16, 2016 Joseph Webb Texas, Orange County, United States March 16, 2016 Details
July 24, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States February 12, 2016 Details
June 19, 2015 curtis.lehman Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States January 11, 2016 Details