Attributes of Hyalophora cecropia

Cecropia silkmoth
Hyalophora cecropia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Saturniinae
Identification: Body is red with a white collar and white bands on the abdomen. Wings are dark brown with white hairlike scales giving a frosted appearance; forewings are red at the base. Crescent spots and the area outside the postmedian line are red on all wings.
Wing Span: 4 5/16 - 5 7/8 inches (11 - 15 cm).
Life History: Females lay rows of 2-6 eggs on both sides of the leaves of small host trees or shrubs. Eggs hatch in 10-14 days. Young caterpillars feed in groups on leaves; older caterpillars are solitary. The cocoon is attached along its full length to a twig; to escape predation by rodents and birds, the cocoon is usually constructed in a dark, protected area.
Flight: One flight from March-July in most of the range; two flights in the Midwest, from May-early June and then 2 weeks later.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various trees and shrubs including box elder (Acer negundo), sugar maple (Acer saccharinum), wild cherries and plums (Prunus), apples (Malus), alder and birch (Betulaceae), dogwoods (Cornus), and willows (Salix).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Successional habitats in many areas including urban and suburban environments.
Range: Nova Scotia and Maine south to Florida; west across southern Canada and the eastern United States to the Rocky Mountains.
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 26, 2015 DebLademan Ingham County, Michigan, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 glenda0675 Iredell County, North Carolina, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 nat1025 Ontario, Canada May 27, 2015 Details
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May 21, 2015 kestes Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, United States May 21, 2015 Details
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July 18, 2014 mloborny Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
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May 11, 2015 preisi Yellowstone County, Montana, United States May 12, 2015 Details
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May 11, 2015 Gilsons Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 08, 2015 gray1245 Roanoke City County, Virginia, United States May 09, 2015 Details
April 26, 2015 cmagee7 Bibb County, Georgia, United States April 26, 2015 Details
April 24, 2015 Anne Small Livingston Parish, Louisiana, United States April 25, 2015 Details
April 21, 2015 jonnamdavis Texas, Matagorda County, United States April 21, 2015 Details
April 15, 2015 ladiebug98 Pender County, North Carolina, United States April 15, 2015 Details
August 22, 2014 jdorman01 Kent County, Michigan, United States April 12, 2015 Details
August 24, 2014 karen54 Berrien County, Michigan, United States April 12, 2015 Details
September 22, 2014 2430 Flutter Allen County, Indiana, United States April 07, 2015 Details
June 22, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
June 19, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States February 03, 2015 Details
February 01, 2015 Ariel21ac Steuben County, New York, United States February 02, 2015 Details
June 02, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 23, 2015 Details
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August 03, 2014 mclea Alberta, Canada December 06, 2014 Details
September 22, 2014 leafgirl13 Ontario, Canada September 22, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 jmadetzke Anoka County, Minnesota, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 11, 2014 Bren2135 Stark County, Ohio, United States September 13, 2014 Details
August 27, 2014 chris.spiewak Cook County, Illinois, United States September 05, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 joannhall Windham County, Connecticut, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 hbgoodall Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States August 28, 2014 Details
June 07, 2011 franpope Garrett County, Maryland, United States August 27, 2014 Details
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June 07, 2014 BunnRee Wake County, North Carolina, United States August 16, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 Christine Stevenson-Aitken Ontario, Canada August 16, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 luckijean Ontario, Canada August 09, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 Kari A Ocean County, New Jersey, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 20, 2013 Greer87 Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 shererman Montgomery County, Ohio, United States July 25, 2014 Details
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