Io Moth

Automeris io


Conservation Status

  • Seen throughout the summer, these nocturnal moths are active in the first few hours of each night. 
  • The Io Moth startles predatory birds by flashing large eyespots – a “startle pattern” – when threatened. 
  • The Io Moth caterpillar can deliver a painful sting. 
  • Host plants include native oak, pin cherries, willow, hackberries, hornbeams, buttonbush, and others. 
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