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 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
August 11, 2014 cherylgurnsey@bell.net Ontario, Canada August 24, 2014 Details
June 01, 2014 Alicat27 Ontario, Canada August 19, 2014 Details
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
June 19, 2014 Collopya Hamilton County, Ohio, United States July 23, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 21, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 billkil Lake County, Ohio, United States July 21, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 Liamaor Ontario, Canada July 17, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 Jan Carol Ontario, Canada July 17, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 MoCaIsMama Delaware County, Indiana, United States July 15, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 macclewis Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States July 14, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 Charlie5 Manitoba, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 JerKrisDun Prince Edward Island, Canada July 10, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 c_lenser Hancock County, Indiana, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 birdmouse Prince Edward Island, Canada July 09, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 kroharper Marion County, Indiana, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 suekh Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States July 05, 2014 Details
June 04, 2014 PiousSlayer Cayuga County, New York, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 04, 2014 Ahudson110 Erie County, New York, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 Judy Moon Columbia County, New York, United States July 03, 2014 Details
August 19, 2009 schmidts128@hotmail.com Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States July 02, 2014 Details
May 13, 2014 Marty Arnold Kent County, Michigan, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 11, 2014 brywilder Washington County, Vermont, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 KatieColleen New Brunswick, Canada July 01, 2014 Details
June 09, 2014 SueE Albany County, New York, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 darth_jake Rush County, Indiana, United States June 30, 2014 Details
February 03, 2008 lauramallen Hamilton County, Ohio, United States June 30, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 Thienanha Baltimore County, Maryland, United States June 30, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 Joe Robinson Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States June 30, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 Patty Bill Manitoba, Canada June 30, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 shena01 Cook County, Illinois, United States June 29, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 mjohansson13 Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States June 29, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 drkworth Hamilton County, Indiana, United States June 29, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 stonehollow Wright County, Minnesota, United States June 29, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 CelestiHel Chittenden County, Vermont, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 bootleg Ocean County, New Jersey, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 silvenau Marquette County, Michigan, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 RickSusan Androscoggin County, Maine, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 11, 2014 Christinecedar Nova Scotia, Canada June 26, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 seraphynx Alger County, Michigan, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 Helen1956 Polk County, Iowa, United States June 24, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 sawsy2004 Kenton County, Kentucky, United States June 24, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 TimBlankJ Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States June 24, 2014 Details