Promethea Moth, Spicebush Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Saturniidae (sa-tur-NEE-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Callosamia
Species: promethea


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Benton, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
Windsor Mill, Maryland
Argyle, New York
Glouster, Ohio

Members' Notes:


On Jun 20, 2012, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

This moth was found outside my front door step upon my irises sleeping. It did not move even with me poking about with the camera. Not a usual moth to see in Maine.


On Aug 17, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

One of the giant silkworm moths, and once thought to be a source of domestic silk production, but since there is no source of very cheap labor here in the US to unwind the cocoons, this industry never actually was viable.

Although the caterpillar eats the leaves of several trees, it is not numerous enough to be a pest or a threat.

The male moth, which is what I think I have an image of, is more of a walnut brown color, the female having a brighter, reddish look and the markings are more intense.

The males will fly from late afternoon into the night, while the females fly only at night.