Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Sphingicampa albolineata


Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Females are larger than males. Upperside of forewing is brownish green with a white submedian line and a diagonal white line running from the tip to the inner margin. Upperside of hindwing is mostly red.
Wing Span: 2 3/16 - 3 1/8 inches (5.6 - 8 cm).
Life History: Young caterpillars perch on the undersides of petioles and feed on the leaf bases. Older caterpillars cut through petioles partway and bend down the leaves in order to feed on them. Caterpillars pupate and overwinter in chambers in the ground.
Flight: Two to three broods from April-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Probably an Acacia, Mimosa, or Leucaena.
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Thorn forest and ebony forest.
Range: Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and south into Mexico.
Conservation: Inventory populations to determine conservation status.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL