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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April 20, 2016 lesleyjean DeKalb County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 jsheel Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States October 14, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States September 16, 2016 Details
March 17, 2015 gldearman Charlton County, Georgia, United States September 13, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 wilnatp Minnesota, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 09, 2016 CherylDiGiacomo Broome County, New York, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States August 12, 2016 Details
June 23, 2016 Elyali Champaign County, Illinois, United States August 08, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 AHunne Cumberland County, Tennessee, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 curtis.lehman (Kristin Coonfare) Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States July 23, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 SeaHag Oswego County, New York, United States July 22, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 Crazycowboy1955 Calhoun County, Michigan, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 01, 2016 nipnipct8 Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 Saxty81 Lenawee County, Michigan, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 Hilda Pomeroy Hamilton County, New York, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 07, 2016 sirlouie Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 14, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 MichaelWetlands Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States July 14, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 SaraLawrence Wisconsin, United States July 13, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 atstrutz Dane County, Wisconsin, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 Patsy Ley Nova Scotia, Canada July 13, 2016 Details
May 15, 2004 jwilkinson Allegany County, Maryland, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 Deb Spitz Washington County, Rhode Island, United States July 12, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 Buzzellgroup Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 07, 2012 Jcmacgougan Nova Scotia, Canada July 12, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 Lilwonders7 Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2016 Details
August 21, 2015 DanOmaha Douglas County, Nebraska, United States July 06, 2016 Details
June 24, 2016 rlempp Douglas County, Nebraska, United States July 06, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 mmckay92 Ohio, United States July 03, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 karmar Perry County, Indiana, United States July 03, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 Dan Myer Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States July 02, 2016 Details
June 16, 2016 CTNXI Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 30, 2016 lostsoul77 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States June 30, 2016 Details
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
June 22, 2016 amy57689 Vermillion County, Indiana, United States June 23, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 Matthew Tidwell Williamson County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2016 Details
June 13, 2016 ButterBelle Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 Monica Miller Forest County, Pennsylvania, United States June 16, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 Nama1950 Butler County, Ohio, United States June 15, 2016 Details
June 13, 2016 jeaniep Meade County, South Dakota, United States June 15, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 tgregory Williamson County, Tennessee, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 steve essex Kentucky, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 Jon Rapp Boone County, Missouri, United States June 09, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 spowell Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States June 09, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 tcollins24 Ziebach County, South Dakota, United States June 08, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 Maddawgjoe Campbell County, Wyoming, United States June 08, 2016 Details
June 08, 2016 Corgi Girl Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States June 08, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 sohojinks Monroe County, New York, United States June 07, 2016 Details