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Io Moth (male)

Automeris io


Large, colorful moth in the Saturniidae family. (Silk moth) 2.5-3.5 inch wingspan (63-88 mm). Males are yellow with tan design on wings, red on inner wings with eye spots of black, blue and white. Host trees: Willow, fir, Red Maple, Oak to name just a few.


On light, garage wall, and driveway near woodlands. Range: Southern Canada (Manitoba), Montana to New Mexico and east from there.


650th spot

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26 Comments (1–25)

williefromwi 10 years ago

Congrats Snowy on your SOTD

Blogie 10 years ago

What a beauty! Congrats on your SOTD!

YogeshSave 10 years ago


arlanda 10 years ago

Congratulations Carol!

pasiechesandra 10 years ago

sungguh indah ciptaan Muu Tuhan ..,

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 10 years ago

Beautiful series of this fantastic moth! Congratulations!!

Atul 10 years ago

wow wow wow , congrats on another one Carol :-)

LeanneGardner 10 years ago

Congratulations Carol on your SOTD! What a well deserved recognition for the Queen of Moth-er-ing :) Beautiful moth & wonderful spot .

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations Carol !!!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 10 years ago

Amazing! Congrats Carol!

LuisStevens 10 years ago

This is a good looking moth, congrats Carol

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago

Gorgeous Moth..:-) Congrats Carol..!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations fantastic moth Carol :):)

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Congratulations, Carol!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Congratulations again, Carol.

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Thanks so much Yasser! It is a lovely colorful one and so glad for this honor!

Yasser 10 years ago

Carol, we kick-off the first ever Moth Week with this beauty which is actually part of the National Moth Week organization's logo :) Congratulations on another awesome Spotting of the Day! We thought is was fitting to have one of your moths start things off for us and we're looking forward to seeing what other gems you photograph this week. It's Moth Madness!

"The big eyespots on each hindwing of the colorful Io moth are a defense mechanism meant to frighten off potential predators. "


MayraSpringmann 10 years ago


CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago Thanks everyone... I found the female the next night. Take a look!

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago

Fantastic series !!!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Hi Carol, you're back. Good to see you here. :-) Beautiful photo, BTW.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Love it! Absolutely beautiful! Amazingly clear shots too Carol, definitely a favorite. Seems I spotted the caterpillar to this in Brazil. Congrats on 650 too, keep em coming!

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

I don't do anything special to attract the moths. I believe it is because I live near woodlands, meadows, farmland, mountains, large lakes and rivers. I am enjoying searching for moths at night.

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Carol - another wonderful moth series! Congratulations!!

MarcoSepulvedaLeón 10 years ago

I like it Carol...good job!!!
Greeting from Chile ;)

Carol Snow Milne
Spotted by
Carol Snow Milne

Lehighton, Pennsylvania, United States

Spotted on Jul 3, 2012
Submitted on Jul 5, 2012

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