Butterflies & Moths of the Adirondacks:
Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)
The Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda) is a silkmoth which may be seen in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York in late May and early June.  It is a nocturnal insect.  The Rosy Maple Moth is a member of the Saturnid family of moths, usually characterized by their unique feather-like antennae. It is also known (in its caterpillar form) as the Green-striped Mapleworm.  The species name (rubicunda) is Latin for "ruddy." 
The Rosy Maple Moth is variable in color.  It has a woolly body,  dull yellow in color, with yellow/cream and pink wings. The yellow color on the top wings is in a vertical band, bordered on both sides by pink.  The amount of pink on the wings can vary greatly. Its wingspan is from 1 5/16 to 2 1/16 inches. 
Adult Rosy Maple Moths mate in the late evening. The female lays her eggs at dusk the following day. The eggs take about two weeks to hatch.  The caterpillar is green to yellowish green, with black horns and an orange-brown or reddish orange head. Its preferred host is the maple tree, but the caterpillar will reportedly also feed on box elder and oak.  The caterpillar can be a serious pest on maple and oaks.  Adults do not feed. 
The potential flight period of the Rosy Maple Moth in our area is from late May to late July.  Most of the Rosy Maple Moth sightings in the Adirondack Mountains reported to Project Silkmoth have been in late May and early June.  In 2012, the Rosy Maple Moth was observed in the Paul Smiths VIC Butterfly House in early and mid-June. Rosy Maple Moth caterpillars were raised in the Butterfly House and could be seen in a glass-enclosed wooden cabinet in July and August. 
- Susan Grimm Hanley. Interpretive Naturalist, Paul Smith's College Native Species Butterfly House. Species Logbooks.
- Butterflies and Moths of North American. Species Profiles. Sighting record: 6/14/12, 7/15/13.
- Project Silkmoth. Rosy Maple (Green-striped Mapleworm).
- Project Silkmoth. 2012 Sightings Map.
- Project Silkmoth. 2010 and 2011 Sightings.
- Auburn University. Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology. Greenstriped Mapleworm.
- Bugwood Wiki. Greenstriped Mapleworm.
- World Field Guide. Dryocampa rubicunda.
- Iowa State University. Department of Entomology. BugGuide.
- Charles V. Covell, Jr. A Field Guide to the Moths of Eastern North America (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), pp. 46-47, Plate 8.
- David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2012), pp. 250-251.