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Io Moth (Male)

Automeris io


Family: Saturniidae, Subfamily: Hemileucinae (Buck Moths). Wingspan: 50-80 mm. Sexually dimorphic. FW is largely yellow. Yellow HW has red streak along inner margin and large blue eyespots boldy outlined in black. Hosts: Deciduous trees and shrubs and plants including clover, corn, maple, oak and willow. Adults do not eat. Do not have mouthparts.


Woodlands. Comes to light.


This is the 4th Io Moth male I have uploaded and found a 5th in very very rough shape also. Each is just a little different than the last. Brightness of coloring, size, and abdomen fuzziness, but all so beautiful! (This one had an extremely fuzzy abdomen) Would not open fully for eyes and I tried my best.

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AshleyT 7 years ago

Carol, I finally found one! Pictures will be up in the next few days, but I was incredibly excited to see him, you know how much I love these guys! My pics didn't come out as great as yours, but that just means I need to find more :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 7 years ago

Thanks so much Ashley! An especially fuzzy one! I think his face is cute too!

AshleyT 7 years ago

Carol, this is still by far my favorite spotting of yours. I just can't get over how adorable his little face is and how fuzzy he is everywhere! I hope you can find more next season and show me more pictures like this :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Thanks for all the likes and comments! I love moths and moth week!

RiekoS 8 years ago

Great series.

dotun55 8 years ago

Great series! It's good to see new ones once in a while. As it is said, variety is the spice of life.

Hema 8 years ago

too cute!!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

And thanks so much Ashley!!!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

I can't believe I found so many of these males. I also found one female. I really have a lack of moths in general, but the ones I have found are new and wonderful!

AshleyT 8 years ago

Such a pretty little guy! I hope to be able to photograph moths like you one day, Carol!

Carol Snow Milne
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Carol Snow Milne

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jun 30, 2013
Submitted on Jul 21, 2013

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