Attributes of Saturnia walterorum

Walters' saturnia moth
Saturnia walterorum Hogue & Johnson, 1958

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Saturniinae
Identification: Upperside is brownish orange to yellow-orange with an eyespot on each wing. Spot at the tip of the forewing is well-developed in both sexes. Black submarginal line on the hindwing is solid throughout its length. Female has distinct darker areas at the wing bases and a black submarginal line on the forewing.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 3 3/4 inches (6.4 - 9.4 cm).
Life History: Adults emerge in early morning and fly during the day. Females lay eggs singly or in small bunches on the host plants. Eggs hatch in 11-30 days and the young caterpillars feed singly or in small groups on the underside of host leaves. Loosely-woven mesh-like cocoons are spun on the host plant.
Flight: One brood from late January to late May.
Caterpillar Hosts: Manzanita (Arctostaphylos), laurel-leaf sumac (Rhus laurina), lemonade-berry (Rhus integrifolia), and probably others.
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Chaparral from sea level to 6400 feet.
Range: Southern California south to Rosarita in Baja California, Mexico.
Conservation: United States populations should be inventoried and monitored to determine if conservation is warranted.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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March 04, 2013 Intxictdambition San Diego County, California, United States July 31, 2013 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Los Angeles County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Orange County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Diego County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Barbara County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baja California Norte, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details