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io moth

Automeris io

Description:

io moths, 3 larger brown females and 3 yellow males, after mating. Royal Silkworm moths: Family Saturniidae, Subfamily Hemileucinae. Host plants include deciduous trees, shrubs and plants, including clover, corn, maple, oak, willow, redbud.

Habitat:

Woodland

Notes:

I reared the io larvae from eggs found on redbud. Larvae pupated and the next June when they eclosed, I marked and released the males and moved the females into the "cathouse". When the females called in wild males, I caught them and placed them into the cathouse with the females to mate. After mating I released the males and collected some eggs from the females, then released them too.

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16 Comments

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks a year ago

Thank you Mayra !

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann a year ago

Fantastic!!

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks a year ago

Yes, I think so too Victoria.

this is paradise

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 2 years ago

Wow! so many of them, cool!

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 2 years ago

Mimicry to the max..........do they look like little owls to you? I think other arthropods think so.

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 years ago

Like Japanese cartoon characters stuck on your screen. Amazing.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 2 years ago

What an amazing sight!

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 2 years ago

Thank you all.

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Wonderful! How lovely to see so many!

harsuame
harsuame 2 years ago

Wow sensacional:: bllas polillas, moths

auntnance123
auntnance123 2 years ago

Very cool story and great shot.

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 2 years ago

Thanks Gilma, yes I do, I'll work on uploading those soon.

Lovely, Do you have pictures to share of the eggs and larva. Would love to see that.

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 2 years ago

Thank you Lauren

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 2 years ago

Very nice work! Congratulations.

Corning, Ohio, USA

Lat: 39.60, Long: -82.09

Spotted on Jun 6, 2010
Submitted on Nov 19, 2012

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