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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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
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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
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August 18, 2013 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada December 07, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 JReuter Boone County, Missouri, United States November 07, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 Three Plum Farm Nova Scotia, Canada November 04, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 JohnQ Hartford County, Connecticut, United States October 11, 2015 Details
June 05, 2014 doublej McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States October 11, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada September 22, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 ckkd Lincoln County, South Dakota, United States September 08, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 JadeKyle Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States September 08, 2015 Details
August 23, 2015 emilai333 Muscatine County, Iowa, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 mirandagrimm Fayette County, Indiana, United States August 26, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 Jrbradbury Oxford County, Maine, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 Jordy Jackson County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 asmav Madison County, Virginia, United States August 24, 2015 Details
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June 11, 2015 gardenman13 Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States August 01, 2015 Details
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July 18, 2015 Jo Spencer Powell County, Kentucky, United States July 29, 2015 Details
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June 01, 2013 Adaossi Alamance County, North Carolina, United States July 19, 2015 Details
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July 04, 2015 montie Washington County, Wisconsin, United States July 05, 2015 Details
May 20, 2015 Rkornegay76 Bergen County, New Jersey, United States July 02, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 John Schwartz Kane County, Illinois, United States July 01, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 Harriet Miller Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 01, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 AllenRatz Wake County, North Carolina, United States June 30, 2015 Details
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