Attributes of Hemileuca maia

Eastern buckmoth
Hemileuca maia (Drury, 1773)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Hemileucinae
Identification: Females are larger than males. Male abdomen is black with a red tip, female abdomen is black. Upperside is black with an off-white median band and a small eyespot on each wing.
Wing Span: 2 - 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).
Life History: Adults emerge in the morning and mating takes place in early afternoon. In the late afternoon, females lay groups of eggs in rings around twigs of the host. The eggs overwinter, and when they hatch the next spring the young caterpillars feed in groups. Caterpillars wander about and make their cocoons in leaf litter on the ground or a few inches underground in soft soil.
Flight: One brood from September-December.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various oaks including scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia), live oak (Q. virginiana), blackjack oak (Q. marilandica), and dwarf chestnut oak (Q. prinoides).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Scrub oak-pine sand barrens, oak woods, and oak trees in cities.
Range: Maine west to eastern Kansas; south to northern Florida, the Gulf states, and eastern Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
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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May 29, 2014 Melanie - Texas Hardin County, Texas, United States June 30, 2014 Details
May 21, 2014 Ken42 East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States June 06, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States May 27, 2014 Details
May 04, 2014 cstar29 New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States May 17, 2014 Details
April 30, 2014 nicmelo Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States May 02, 2014 Details
September 30, 2012 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States February 25, 2014 Details
September 30, 2012 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States February 25, 2014 Details
July 05, 2009 Chip Krilowicz Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States February 11, 2014 Details
December 27, 2013 Mike Dillon Harrison County, Texas, United States December 27, 2013 Details
December 04, 2013 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States December 13, 2013 Details
December 01, 2013 bluehawk11 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 03, 2013 Details
November 21, 2013 Ken42 East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States November 23, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 Idea73 Fluvanna County, Virginia, United States November 06, 2013 Details
July 09, 2013 Criag Campanelli Albemarle County, Virginia, United States November 06, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 MHBeardsley Fauquier County, Virginia, United States November 06, 2013 Details
October 31, 2013 gkanode Ohio, United States November 01, 2013 Details
October 27, 2013 draysh76 King George County, Virginia, United States October 27, 2013 Details
September 21, 2013 rdhealy1951 Hardin County, Kentucky, United States October 04, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 Jenmg012 New Jersey, United States July 30, 2013 Details
June 29, 2013 aswartz1981 Lumpkin County, Georgia, United States July 15, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 Toni Hill Bedford County, Virginia, United States July 15, 2013 Details
July 11, 2013 cdicola Pike County, Pennsylvania, United States July 13, 2013 Details
June 16, 2013 meinhardmk Cumberland County, Virginia, United States July 02, 2013 Details
June 24, 2013 Trine Virginia, United States, Westmoreland County July 02, 2013 Details
June 16, 2013 chadritchie Alexander County, North Carolina, United States June 28, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 jaykub83 Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States June 20, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 vicsands Roane County, West Virginia, United States June 18, 2013 Details
June 14, 2013 cobal2913 Athens County, Ohio, United States June 15, 2013 Details
May 25, 2013 Jeff Trahan St Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States May 27, 2013 Details
May 15, 2013 Ladec Volusia County, Florida, United States May 19, 2013 Details
May 14, 2013 clayrun Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States May 16, 2013 Details
April 18, 2013 candipanda9870 Ellis County, Texas, United States April 23, 2013 Details
April 21, 2013 TexasLady75 Texas, Sabine County, United States April 22, 2013 Details
April 22, 2013 Amber977 Louisiana, United States April 22, 2013 Details
July 31, 2003 sidzoe Pike County, Pennsylvania, United States February 20, 2013 Details
January 21, 2013 Dale Halbritter Marion County, Florida, United States February 08, 2013 Details
November 03, 2012 bhough Surry County, North Carolina, United States January 18, 2013 Details
December 15, 2012 Kreg Ellzey East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States December 26, 2012 Details
April 11, 2012 aharcrow Madison County, Tennessee, United States December 25, 2012 Details
June 26, 2010 Rangertsp Grundy County, Tennessee, United States December 25, 2012 Details
April 09, 2012 krickette Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States December 10, 2012 Details
December 01, 2012 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States December 07, 2012 Details
November 17, 2012 lenb_99 Fluvanna County, Virginia, United States November 19, 2012 Details
March 20, 2012 devellison Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States November 13, 2012 Details
November 12, 2012 Leroy K Charlotte County, Virginia, United States November 12, 2012 Details
November 10, 2012 alixevans Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States November 11, 2012 Details
November 08, 2012 Chris561 Albemarle County, Virginia, United States November 09, 2012 Details
May 18, 2012 mordain Calhoun County, Alabama, United States November 05, 2012 Details
October 20, 2012 John Ford Montgomery County, Virginia, United States October 23, 2012 Details
June 17, 2012 robpring Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States October 19, 2012 Details