Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Randa's eyed silkmoth
Automeris randa Druce, 1894

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Hemileucinae
Identification: Thorax is brown and abdomen is brownish orange. Upperside of forewing is peach-colored with a yellow and black postmedian line which may not reach the edge of the wing. Upperside of hindwing is orange with a large eyespot circled with orange and black.
Wing Span: 3 9/16 - 4 13/16 inches (9.4 - 12.2 cm).
Life History: Females lay eggs at night, depositing batches of 20-45 on the undersides of leaves. Young caterpillars feed in groups, while older caterpillars eat alone or in pairs. Caterpillars tie leaves together and spin a thin cocoon inside them.
Flight: One brood from late June to early August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Spiny hackberry (Celtis pallida) and oaks (Quercus).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Oak woodland from 4700-5500 feet in elevation.
Range: Peloncillo Mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.
Conservation: All populations should be monitored and conserved.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL