Attributes of Sphingicampa bicolor

Bicolored honey locust moth
Sphingicampa bicolor

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Much individual and seasonal variability. Females are larger than males. Upperside of wings ranges from reddish brown to reddish orange to brownish yellow. Forewing has a postmedian line which is distinct and bent toward the wing base or almost absent, and 0-2 white cell spots. Hindwing has no submedian line. Both wings have varying amounts of scattered black specks, or none at all.
Wing Span: 1 7/8 - 2 5/8 inches (4.7 - 6.7 cm).
Life History: Adults emerge in the evening and mate later that night. After dusk the next day, females lay eggs singly or in pairs on host plant leaflets. Hatching can occur in as few as 5 days, if the air temperature has been warm enough. The whole life cycle can be completed in 6 weeks. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate in shallow underground chambers. The late summer broods overwinter as pupae.
Flight: Populations in the extreme north have 2 broods each year from May-June and from July-August. There are 3 flights in the remainder of its range from April-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) and Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Deciduous woodland.
Range: Common. New Jersey west through southern Ontario to southwestern Wisconsin; south to central South Carolina, northern Georgia, central Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, east Texas, and the lower Rio Grande Valley; south to Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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 04, 2014 naemyers06 Hardin County, Ohio, United States October 02, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Dave Rintoul Riley County, Kansas, United States August 04, 2014 Details
August 15, 2012 groehm Van Wert County, Ohio, United States June 27, 2013 Details
May 27, 2013 HClenin Lafayette County, Missouri, United States June 05, 2013 Details
May 18, 2013 BumTaco Jay County, Indiana, United States May 26, 2013 Details
July 27, 2010 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States May 03, 2013 Details
June 25, 2012 Jakenowatzke Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States November 23, 2012 Details
June 25, 2012 Jakenowatzke Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States November 23, 2012 Details
April 24, 2011 lfelliott Boone County, Missouri, United States July 10, 2012 Details
September 03, 2011 George Sims Douglas County, Missouri, United States September 10, 2011 Details
March 13, 2011 richhj@ymail.com Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States July 10, 2011 Details
April 22, 2001 George Sims Douglas County, Missouri, United States April 27, 2011 Details
March 14, 2011 sylverkestrel Collin County, Texas, United States March 17, 2011 Details
May 22, 2009 Eddie Huber Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States February 22, 2011 Details
August 10, 2007 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States February 22, 2011 Details
June 15, 2007 legacy.reporter (Wedge Watkins) Boone County, Missouri, United States January 05, 2010 Details
January 01, 1981 legacy.reporter (Anderson, H.) Pettis County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
January 01, 1981 legacy.reporter (Moore, Darin) Clay County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
January 01, 1987 legacy.reporter (Carlson, David) Montgomery County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
January 01, 1987 legacy.reporter (Steins, David) Nodaway County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
January 01, 1987 legacy.reporter (Ellis, Scott) Ray County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
January 01, 1988 legacy.reporter (Stephens, Larissa) Clay County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
January 01, 1988 legacy.reporter (Carlson, David) Cass County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
May 04, 1958 legacy.reporter (Shier, Marion) Buchanan County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 05, 1969 legacy.reporter (Ecton, Wiley) Caldwell County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 13, 1971 legacy.reporter (Morgan, Tom) Platte County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 12, 1971 legacy.reporter (Yancy, Dean) Ralls County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 04, 1972 legacy.reporter (Jungmeyer, Robert) Moniteau County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 10, 1974 legacy.reporter (Knisley, Greg) Henry County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 20, 1974 legacy.reporter (Ferguson, Dianna) Daviess County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 09, 1974 legacy.reporter (Brunkhorst, Kevin) Lafayette County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
September 03, 1974 legacy.reporter (Conners, Jeff) Sullivan County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
May 16, 1975 legacy.reporter (Hartman, Peter) St Charles County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 03, 1975 legacy.reporter (Key, Lori) Grundy County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 10, 1975 legacy.reporter (Knisely, G.A.) Henry County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 29, 1975 legacy.reporter (Harris, Kathy) Cooper County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 02, 1976 legacy.reporter Douglas County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 09, 1976 legacy.reporter (Hyle, Denise) Putnam County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
August 09, 1977 legacy.reporter Douglas County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 14, 1978 legacy.reporter Linn County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
May 14, 1979 legacy.reporter Linn County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 05, 1989 legacy.reporter (Ashley, D.C.) Atchison County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 10, 1990 legacy.reporter (Winter, Dave) Wayne County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
May 11, 1991 legacy.reporter (Winkler, George) St Charles County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 08, 1991 legacy.reporter (Baker, Rick) Crawford County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
August 03, 1996 legacy.reporter (Smart, Glen) Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
June 25, 1998 legacy.reporter (Winkler, George) Texas County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
August 01, 1999 legacy.reporter (Winkler, George) Phelps County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
May 07, 2000 legacy.reporter (Winkler, George) Mississippi County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details
July 01, 1974 legacy.reporter (Gilbert, Sherri) St Clair County, Missouri, United States March 05, 2009 Details