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Tulip Tree Silkmoth

Callosamia angulifera

Description:

Female, based on coloring. Both sexes remsemble female Promethea Moth, but male is darker overall and femal is paler orange. Large T-shaped reniform spots mark all wings of both sexes. Pale border of hindwing is accented with a row of blackish (male) or orange (female) spots

Habitat:

Tulip tree, also Black Cherry and Sassafras.

Notes:

A member of the Giant Silkworm Moth family. I have a fond memory of this photo because my Great Niece and Nephews were so interested in this moth. I love to show them nature, and in this case my nephew, at at 8, actually taught me something about moths. He said the easiest way to distinguish a moth from a butterfly is that at rest a moth spreads its wings out and a butterfly usually has its wings upright, folded together.

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2 Comments

Sure will! Thanks for asking.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Beautiful! I've not seen this moth, but I can't wait to search this summer! Could you consider addin this stunning moth to my mission, Moths of the World? http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8841... Thank you!

Smicksburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jul 5, 2010
Submitted on Dec 31, 2012

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