Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturiidae: Callosoma promethea [return to Home Page]

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Scientific name: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturiidae: Callosoma promethea
Common Name: Promethea Moth

Country: USA
State/District: MD
County: Montgomery
Date: 2 June 2001

Photographer: E. M. Barrows

Identifier: E. M. Barrows
Collector: not applicable
Location: Garden-1, Bethesda, Maryland
Keywords: American Basswood birch brown moth Garden-1 Promethea Moth
Additional Information:

Figures 1-3.   Views of the same female Promethea Moth.

  Promethea Moths are native to Maine and southern Quebec through northern Florida west through Minnesota and eastern Texas (Covell 1984, page 51).   Larvae of Promethea Moths consume leaves of apples, ashes, basswood, birches, cherries, lilacs, maples, Sassafras, Spicebush, Sweetgum, and Tulip Tree.   Covell (1984) reports that females come to lights, but males do not.   This female Promethea came to a white sheet illuminated with both a fluorescent and ultraviolet light at about 9 p.m. on a cool night of 65 degrees F on 2 June 2001.   Another name for the Promethea moth is Spicebush Silkmoth.

Covell, C. V., Jr. 1984. A Field Guide to the Moths of Eastern North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA. 496 pp.

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