Acer platanoides

Norway Maple
Acer platanoides

Norway Maple, Acer platanoides, courtesy/copyright Ron White.

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I do not think this tree is a preferred host for any Saturniidae species, but the following species are listed either by Wickipedia (not always reliable) and/or HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants.

Io moth (Automeris io) HOSTS
Rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda) W probably
Imperial moth (Eacles imperialis) W possibly
Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) W probably
Cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia) HOSTS
Promethea silkmoth (Callosamia promethea) W possibly but very doubtful

If you have had success utilizing this host for any Saturniidae species, please let me know. Thanks. Bill Oehlke.

The Norway Maple is native across Europe from Norway, through Scandinavia, to Caucasus. It is widely planted across the United States and Canada in humid temperate regions as a shade tree.

The tree has a rounded crown of dense foliage and a milky sap in leafstalks. It grows to a height of 18 m with a diameter of 0.6 m.

The leaves are opposite, about 10 - 18 cm long, palmately five-lobed. The the shallow lobes and edges have scattered long teeth with five to seven main veins from a notched base. The leaves are dull green with sunken veins above, paler and hairless beneath.

Fall colour is bright yellow. The long slender leafstalk exudes a milky sap at the end when broken off.

The species Latin name, meaning "like Platanus," indicates the similarity of the leaves to those of Sycamore and Planetree, to which it is not related.

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