Rosy Maple Moth Reproductive Cycle
In today’s post, I inferred that further south a female Rosy Maple Moth mated more than once in a given summer. I would like to suggest that this may not be the case. While a source I consulted stated that “for each new brood, rosy maple moth females find a different male,” the reproductive behavior of the Rosy Maple Moth is not well understood. Other sources infer that further south the larvae of the first brood mature and mate, producing a second brood, and that the second brood, at least in Florida, has time to mature, breed and produce a third brood before winter. This would be the more typical reproductive life cycle of a moth, and while I cannot personally confirm that this is accurate, it seems more logical to me.