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.
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June 25, 2016 roush0229 Mason County, West Virginia, United States June 25, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 MelissaSmall86 Upshur County, West Virginia, United States June 25, 2016 Details
June 20, 2016 monamona11 Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States June 24, 2016 Details
June 22, 2016 CadeLake St Joseph County, Michigan, United States June 24, 2016 Details
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May 31, 2016 Nama1950 Butler County, Ohio, United States June 15, 2016 Details
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June 05, 2016 Jon Rapp Boone County, Missouri, United States June 09, 2016 Details
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May 27, 2016 sohojinks Monroe County, New York, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 courcierwilkins Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States June 06, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 Nana2Eight Piscataquis County, Maine, United States June 05, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 Ndean5950 Herkimer County, New York, United States June 04, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 NormShea Charleston County, South Carolina, United States June 04, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 Jamie Judkins Chautauqua County, New York, United States June 04, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 gregi Erie County, New York, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 ssommers Lake County, Ohio, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 ladybooky Ontario, Canada May 31, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 Elynch Essex County, Massachusetts, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 25, 2016 Ridicule83 Seward County, Nebraska, United States May 30, 2016 Details
August 14, 2015 aivaphoenix Marion County, Indiana, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 fsecor Greenville County, South Carolina, United States May 29, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 m.o.ther Lucas County, Ohio, United States May 29, 2016 Details
May 26, 2016 keighleym7 Saline County, Kansas, United States May 27, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 dolphingirl2005 Marion County, Indiana, United States May 27, 2016 Details
June 01, 2012 Kaptnsplash Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States May 27, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 NinnyPooh99 Osage County, Oklahoma, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 13, 2016 Harley17927 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States May 15, 2016 Details
May 13, 2016 Beth-Baker8 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States May 14, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 curtis.lehman (Travis Boger) Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States May 10, 2016 Details
April 27, 2016 Apptiger02 Caldwell County, North Carolina, United States April 27, 2016 Details
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March 22, 2016 Augustblessing Texas, Lampasas County, United States March 23, 2016 Details
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March 12, 2016 jeffmci9 Texas, Travis County, United States March 21, 2016 Details
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July 21, 2012 cameraguru Cattaraugus County, New York, United States February 23, 2016 Details
June 24, 2009 Ilse Gebhard Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States February 10, 2016 Details
August 15, 2014 Corey1487 Quebec, Canada December 09, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 ncote Quebec, Canada December 08, 2015 Details
August 18, 2013 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada December 07, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 JReuter Boone County, Missouri, United States November 07, 2015 Details