Professor L. L. Hyche
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Auburn University

This family contains some of our largest and most spectacular caterpillars. Larvae of some species spin large silken cocoons in which to pupate, thus the names silk moths and silkworms. Caterpillars of some species are gregarious for at least a part of their development; others are solitary feeders throughout. Some common species follow.

Wild Silk Moths or Giant Silkworms

SPINY OAKWORM - Anisota stigma (F.)

PINKSTRIPED OAKWORM - Anisota virginiensis (Drury)

ORANGESTRIPED OAKWORM - Anisota senatoria (J.E. Smith)

GREENSTRIPED MAPLEWORM - Dryocampa rubicunda (F.)

IMPERIAL MOTH - Eacles imperialis (Drury)

REGAL MOTH (Hickory Horned Devil) - Citheronia regalis (F.)

THE PINE DEVIL - Citheronia sepulcralis (Grote and Robinson)

BUCK MOTH - Hemileuca maia (Drury)

IO MOTH - Automeris io (F.)

POLYPHEMUS MOTH - Antheraea polyphemus (Cramer)

PROMETHEA MOTH (Spicebush Silkmoth) - Callosamia promethea (Drury)

"TULIPTREE SILKMOTH" - Callosamia angulifera (Walker)

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