Ailanthus Silkworm Moth
Samia cynthia (Drury, 1773)
Status: Rare stray or resident
Range: This species has been found from the central Atlantic states west to Nebraska.
Larval Hostplant(s): Larvae feed only on an introduced exotic, the Chinese tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
NENHP Ranking: Not listed
Broods/Flight Times: One flight from June to July.
Habitat: Found near the introduced hostplant.
Avg. Wingspan: 4 – 5 1/2 Inches
Overwintering: as pupa