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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July 24, 2014 erica32paulk Dale County, Alabama, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 flacracker Harlan County, Kentucky, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 gldearman Jefferson County, Florida, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada July 24, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 EmilyAC Washington County, Rhode Island, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 Tiger9415 Greenville County, South Carolina, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 mrwilcox8888 Guilford County, North Carolina, United States July 19, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 hines86fan Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States July 18, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 Kyuss Quebec, Canada July 17, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 Sweetmommy St Clair County, Michigan, United States July 15, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 taraandalan Mason County, West Virginia, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 pammt Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 dxc0162 Saratoga County, New York, United States July 09, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 LotusFlowerOm Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States July 05, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 tdnecker Pike County, Pennsylvania, United States July 05, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 rosymaplemoth21 Washington County, Rhode Island, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 04, 2014 Patience Boxers Kent County, Michigan, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 11, 2014 brywilder Washington County, Vermont, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 Freeman's Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 Freeman's Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 Serena Sanborn Somerset County, Maine, United States June 22, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 B3tomm Morris County, New Jersey, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 curtis.lehman Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States June 20, 2014 Details
June 12, 2014 fluffberger Wayne County, Pennsylvania, United States June 20, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 CrazyCatLady85 Ontario, Canada June 18, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 Apsalar Ontario, Canada June 17, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 ilsa_jule Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States June 14, 2014 Details
June 12, 2014 drpthom67 Franklin County, North Carolina, United States June 14, 2014 Details
May 15, 2014 breannahayley28 Pike County, Mississippi, United States June 13, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 Banjah Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States June 13, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 Jody Ontario, Canada June 13, 2014 Details
May 19, 2014 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States June 11, 2014 Details
June 09, 2014 Nybackus Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 fluffberger Wayne County, Pennsylvania, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 04, 2014 ealder Cumberland County, Maine, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 Murphykaren3 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 Aboover Knox County, Maine, United States June 08, 2014 Details
June 03, 2014 Shelley Rutkin Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States June 04, 2014 Details
June 04, 2014 CraigOwens Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States June 04, 2014 Details
May 31, 2014 ckissel Dale County, Alabama, United States June 01, 2014 Details
May 14, 2014 B. Elby Montgomery County, Maryland, United States June 01, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 rozentali Wake County, North Carolina, United States May 31, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 Latenight Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2014 Details
May 20, 2014 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States May 27, 2014 Details
April 28, 2014 Rossalleni McCreary County, Kentucky, United States May 26, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 dlkjeff63 Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States May 26, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 slroar02 Casey County, Kentucky, United States May 25, 2014 Details
May 21, 2014 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States May 21, 2014 Details