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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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Marshall County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hartford County, Connecticut, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter New Castle County, Delaware, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sussex County, Delaware, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alachua County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Citrus County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Clay County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hillsborough County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Indian River County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Marion County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Palm Beach County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter St Johns County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Volusia County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Bartow County, Georgia, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Georgia, Twiggs County, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Georgia, United States, Walker County December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Georgia, United States, Whitfield County December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pope County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Union County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Washington County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Brown County, Indiana, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Edmonson County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Fleming County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hardin County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Harlan County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hart County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Knox County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Madison County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Meade County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Rockcastle County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kennebec County, Maine, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Oxford County, Maine, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Penobscot County, Maine, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter York County, Maine, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Barry County, Michigan, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Franklin County, Missouri, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Madison County, Missouri, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Calhoun County, Mississippi, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Holmes County, Mississippi, United States December 31, 2004 Details