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Cerodirphia Moth / Mariposa-Cerodirphia

Cerodirphia cf. vagans


(Walker, 1855)

Lepidoptera: Bombycina: Bombycoidea: Saturniidae: Hemileucinae: Hemileucini

I accept suggestions for the species through the comments, but I doubt it is possible with this picture alone. I believe it is a C. vagans because I've seen the moth in person, but I'll leave the species as a guess.

Wingspan is of about 47 to 62mm.

A envergadura das asas varia entre 47 à 62mm.

Sex: ♀


Areas with naturally adapted vegetation and fields. This one was found in an anthropic environment, more specifically, in a garden.

Áreas de mata e campos. Esta foi encontrada no meio antrópico, mais especificamente, em um jardim.


O sujeito retratado provavelmente se trata de uma fêmea de Cerodirphia vagans recém emergida, fotografada em Santa Catarina, Benedito Novo. Muitos gêneros similares existem, o que costuma provocar confusão quanto à identificação. Esses gêneros incluem: Dirphiopsis, Dirphia, Paradirphia, Pseudodirphia, Dirphiella, Xanthodirphia, Rhodirphia, Hispaniodirphia, Dihirpa e Cerodirphia. Definitivamente uma mariposa do gênero Cerodirphia, ainda estou incerto sobre a espécie vagans, mas dado a aparência (como vista como um todo pessoalmente mas não demonstrada na imagem) e localização, provavelmente - mas não definitivamente - trata-se de uma, apesar de existirem espécies similares descritas para a mesma localização com aparências semelhantes (mas não idênticas). Desconheço a alimentação da fase larval. A fase adulta não se alimenta. Cerodirphia vagans possuem dimorfismo sexual.


The Cerodirphia vagans is a species of moth in the family Saturniidae, subfamily Hemileucinae and tribe Hemileucini. The subject portrayed is most likely a female that had recently emerged and was photographed by me in Santa Catarina, Benedito Novo, in southern Brazil. Many similar genera exist, often provoking confusion as to their identification. These genera include Dirphiopsis, Dirphia, Paradirphia, Pseudodirphia, Dirphiella, Xanthodirphia, Rhodirphia, Hispaniodirphia, Dihirpa and Cerodirphia. Definitely a moth in the genus Cerodirphia, I'm still unsure on the species being a vagans, but due to location and appearance (as seen fully personally but not shown in the picture) it is most likely - but not definitely - one, although there are a few other species described to that same location that look similar (but not identical to how I've seen in person). It is unknown to me - due to lack of available information for me - what plants the larvae feed on. The adults do not feed. Cerodirphia vagans possess sexual dismorphism.

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1 Comment

maplemoth662 11 months ago

A beautiful photo, and a very unusual looking moth....

SC, Brazil

Lat: -26.77, Long: -49.36

Spotted on Jul 27, 2017
Submitted on Feb 13, 2018

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