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Rothschildia lebeau forbesi

Rothschildia lebeau forbesi

2 Species ID Suggestions

Rothschild Moth
Rothschildia maurus Rothschildia maurus
bayucca 8 years ago
Forbes' Silkmoth
Rothschildia lebeau forbesi

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ReynaldoRamirezJr 8 years ago

I believe bayucca is right on.

bayucca 8 years ago

Usually you can't separate the different Rothschildia from a picture. In this case the geographical range is so close, that an ID is possible. But if you look at the different species from Central- and South America it is very difficult. There are some with special "features" which might be helpful for getting closer, but the rest of them look all almost the same.

KennethDG 8 years ago

the patterns of the Rothschild Moth and the Forbes' Silkmoth are the same but the way they are shaped are a bit different, i think it's a Forbes' Silkmoth

dandoucette 8 years ago

You're right bayucca, my bad on suggesting that species, but they do look very similar.

bayucca 8 years ago

Rothschildia maurus is a South American species and not found in Texas. There are not much possibilities about this one. There are some rare records on intruders from Mexico like R. cincta. The only "common" one is Rothschildia lebeau forbesi, also called Rothschildia forbesi, but it is actually a subspecies of Lebeau.

dandoucette 8 years ago

Great spotting! I would love to see this in the wild.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Very nice!

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Texas, USA

Spotted on May 29, 2012
Submitted on May 29, 2012

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