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  • Rosy Maple Moth - (Dryocampa rubicunda)

    Rosy Maple Moth - (Dryocampa rubicunda)

    The pink and yellow, bright and furry Rosy Maple prefers maple trees when housing and feeding its caterpillars.

    Staff Writer (8/18/2017): The colors of the Rosy Maple Moth make it easy to spot on a maple tree. The wings range from purple to pink with a white to yellow band running across them. The body is yellow and quite furry. They are common in the eastern part of the continent. They prefer hardwood forests that include maple and oak trees. Suburban backyards and parks are a popular spot to find them.

    While adults are generally found alone, the larval form (caterpillar) can be seen grouping together on a single tree. The green caterpillar has long white stripes running head-to-tail. Red patches are near the rear while short spikes stud the entire length of the body. Two larger black spikes are at the head. The caterpillar's diet consists of the leaves of maple trees and other hardwoods. A large number of them on a young maple tree can inflict damage to the sapling, rendering them a pest. They weave silk cocoons and are members of the Silkmoth family. When ready to breed, females are believed to release a pheromone into the air that males up to half a mile away can detect.

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    Rosy Maple Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Rosy Maple Moth
    Scientific Name: Dryocampa rubicunda
    Other Names: Green-striped Maple Worm

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Saturniidae
           Genus: Dryocampa
            Species: rubicunda

    Size (Adult, Length): 34mm to 52mm (1.34in to 2.05in)

    Identifying Colors: pink, purple, yellow, white

    Additional Descriptors: furry, striped, flying

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

    * 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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