Greenstriped Mapleworm

Greenstriped Mapleworm (Dryocampa rubicunda) - The insect overwinters as a pupa in the soil. Moths emerge from May through July. Moths have woolly bodies and a wingspan of 1 3/4 to 2½ inches. The forewing is rose-pink on the inner and outer borders with a yellow band between. Hind-wings may be pure yellow or yellow with pink streaks throughout. After mating, female moths lay pale green eggs in masses on the undersides of the leaves. The eggs hatch in approximately 10 days. Larvae are 1½ inches long when full grown, having cherry-red heads and pale yellow-green bodies. Eight light and seven dark green stripes alternately run the entire length of the body. Two prominent, slender, horn-like projections are located on the top of the second segment behind the head. There are two rows of short spines on both sides of the body. Larvae feed in groups on the undersides of leaves when young. As they mature, they feed singly on the foliage. Larvae become full-grown in about a month. They then crawl to the ground where pupation takes place. of the second segmen

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