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  • Promethea Moth - (Callosamia promethea)

    Promethea Moth - (Callosamia promethea)

    With a wingspan over 3 inches (7.5 cm), the Promethea Moth is right at home in the Giant Silk Moth family.

    Staff Writer (7/22/2017): The generous size of the Promethea Moth first attracts attention, but the details on its wings help maintain interest. It has bold eyespots at the edge of the forewings. Contrasting bands of dark brown near the body and light brown near the wing edges are further punctuated by a thin line of white between them. Females are brown and lighter than the almost black males.

    The caterpillar form has a pale green fleshy body with two nubby red protrusions rimmed in black at the head and a single yellow one at the other end. They feed on a variety of different types of plants, but generally stick to one kind year after year in smaller populations.

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    Promethea Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Promethea Moth
    Scientific Name: Callosamia promethea

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Saturniidae
           Genus: Callosamia
            Species: promethea

    Size (Adult, Length): 75mm to 95mm (2.95in to 3.74in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, white, blue, black, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: large, big, hairy, furry, flying, eyespot

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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