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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August 16, 2009 Gretel DeRuiter Cape May County, New Jersey, United States April 18, 2014 Details
April 11, 2014 leanne0115 Floyd County, Georgia, United States April 13, 2014 Details
April 11, 2014 Garrison St Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States April 12, 2014 Details
April 08, 2014 Missamyeileen@hotmail.com Harrison County, Mississippi, United States April 08, 2014 Details
July 06, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 20, 2014 Details
June 26, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 20, 2014 Details
August 04, 2010 NigelBI Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States March 14, 2014 Details
September 14, 2013 Ronon Le Birdis Garfield County, Utah, United States February 20, 2014 Details
February 08, 2014 diannetaylor Newport News City County, Virginia, United States February 14, 2014 Details
June 03, 2013 killeryod Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States January 04, 2014 Details
June 26, 2012 fairasastar Huron County, Michigan, United States January 01, 2014 Details
August 17, 2013 jcastater Douglas County, Nebraska, United States January 01, 2014 Details
May 02, 1972 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
April 13, 1972 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 dGeorge Ontario, Canada October 09, 2013 Details
September 29, 2013 rlb5379 Mercer County, Pennsylvania, United States September 30, 2013 Details
June 13, 2013 AnnB Tazewell County, Illinois, United States September 12, 2013 Details
May 23, 2012 handorgan Ontario, Canada September 11, 2013 Details
September 06, 2013 lenorah Ontario, Canada September 06, 2013 Details
August 19, 2013 Anna and tay Ontario, Canada September 04, 2013 Details
July 22, 2013 frassetta Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States September 01, 2013 Details
August 21, 2013 Lutra Nova Scotia, Canada August 28, 2013 Details
August 27, 2013 beccag92 Ontario, Canada August 27, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 enorlin Putnam County, Indiana, United States August 25, 2013 Details
August 08, 2013 jennifrf Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States August 22, 2013 Details
August 20, 2013 Strongs Macon County, Missouri, United States August 21, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 Robert Haverick Washington County, Vermont, United States August 18, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 jennie_lynn85 Ontario, Canada August 17, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 Joel Priest Ontario, Canada August 16, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 tebachman Cumberland County, Maine, United States August 13, 2013 Details
August 12, 2013 yknpdlr New York, United States August 13, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 Muskoka Sheila Ontario, Canada August 12, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 forro Shiawassee County, Michigan, United States August 09, 2013 Details
May 04, 2013 Mary Franceline Malone Powhatan County, Virginia, United States August 06, 2013 Details
August 02, 2013 PAMELA HERNANDEZ Marion County, West Virginia, United States August 03, 2013 Details
July 30, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States July 31, 2013 Details
July 29, 2013 Rebbs Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States July 30, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 Tailgrab Ontario, Canada July 29, 2013 Details
July 25, 2013 Kalor Franklin County, Ohio, United States July 25, 2013 Details
July 20, 2013 cimjindy Langlade County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2013 Details
June 27, 2013 Taz New Brunswick, Canada July 18, 2013 Details
July 15, 2013 DCHastings Knox County, Maine, United States July 17, 2013 Details
May 10, 2013 mnorris107 Mecklenburg County, Virginia, United States July 15, 2013 Details
July 09, 2013 GreginNC Avery County, North Carolina, United States July 13, 2013 Details
July 10, 2013 Hreed Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2013 Details
July 01, 2013 Chefcliff Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States July 10, 2013 Details
July 10, 2013 davenportmj Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States July 10, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 MarleneH Rice County, Minnesota, United States July 09, 2013 Details
July 01, 2013 Wall Doc Marquette County, Michigan, United States July 09, 2013 Details
September 02, 2011 rwplace Clay County, South Dakota, United States July 07, 2013 Details