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Automeris io (Io moth)

Wikipedia Abstract

Automeris io (Io moth) is a colorful North American moth in the family Saturniidae. It ranges from the southeast corner of Manitoba and in the southern extremes of Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick in Canada, and in the US it is found from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, east of those states and down to the southern end of Florida.
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Wing Span [1]  2.6 inches (.065 m)

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Carlsbad Caverns National Park II 15448 New Mexico, United States

Prey / Diet

Abies balsamea (Canadian fir)[2]
Acer macrophyllum (bigleaf maple)[2]
Acer rubrum (red maple)[2]
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)[2]
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)[2]
Betula papyrifera (mountain paper birch)[2]
Celtis laevigata (sugar berry)[2]
Comptonia peregrina (sweet fern)[2]
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)[2]
Salix fragilis (crack willow)[3]
Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)[3]
Zea mays (corn)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)2
Anisota oslari (Oslar’s oakworm moth)2
Apis mellifera (honey bee)2
Asterocampa celtis (Hackberry emperor butterfly)1
Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal)1
Halysidota tessellaris (Banded Tussock Moth)4
Hyphantria cunea (fall webworm)3
Libytheana carinenta (Southern snout butterfly)1
Meleagris gallopavo (Wild Turkey)1
Mephitis mephitis (Striped Skunk)1
Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)1
Myiarchus crinitus (Great Crested Flycatcher)1
Nymphalis antiopa (camberwell beauty)4
Ondatra zibethicus (muskrat)1
Peromyscus leucopus (white-footed mouse)3
Picoides pubescens (Downy Woodpecker)2
Polygonia interrogationis (Questionmark anglewing)1
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)2
Sialia sialis (Eastern Bluebird)1
Spinus tristis (American Goldfinch)1
Strymon melinus (cotton square borer)1
Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)1
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)1
Zonotrichia albicollis (White-throated Sparrow)3


Agkistrodon contortrix (Southern Copperhead)[4]


Parasitized by 
Chetogena claripennis[3]
Compsilura concinnata (Tachina fly)[3]
Lespesia frenchii[3]




Attributes / relations provided by
1Io Moth Automeris io (Fabricius) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), Donald W. Hall, University of Florida, December 2014
2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4FOOD HABITS OF THE COPPERHEAD IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE, John S. Garton and Ralph W. Dimmick, Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science Volume 44, Number 4, October, 1969, pp. 113-117
Protected Areas provided by Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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