New Jersey Moths

Promethea Moth (Callosamia promethea) 7764

Family: Saturniidae

Subfamily: Saturniinae

Wingspan: 3.0-3.75 inches

Range in NJ: Statewide

A U.S./Canada distribution map for this species is available here.

Flight Period: May to July, 1 brood

Larval Food Plants: A wide variety of woody plants

Comments: Like most species in this family, Promethea Moths are attracted to lights. Cocoons are often found wrapped in dry leaves on Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) shrubs in and near wetlands. Males and females are quite different in color and pattern.

Promethea Moth

Female, Sussex County, NJ, 6/11/11

Promethea Moth

Mating pair (male on right), Sussex County, NJ, 5/29/11

Promethea Moth

Last7instar larva on Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), Sussex County, NJ, 8/20/16

Promethea Moth

Cocoons wrapped in dried leaves of Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), Warren County, NJ, 4/29/11