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Giant Silkmoth

Rhescyntis hippodamia


This is one of the largest moths in Costa Rica, with a wingspread of more than seven inches. The wings have a handsome pattern of brown markings shading to pinkish. The host plant for this beautiful moth is Virola Koschynyi, in the family Myristicaceae.


This moth is found at lower and middle elevations in rainforest wherever Virola trees are found. In this case 1100 m a.s.l.

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Jessie Aguilar
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Jessie Aguilar

Cedral, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Sep 28, 2017
Submitted on Sep 28, 2017

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