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Rothschildia Moth

Rothschildia inca incecuatoriana


Saturniidae, Saturniinae, Attacini, Rothschildia inca incecuatoriana, female. Wildsumaco Lodge, Napo, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador, 1450 m asl


Usually dense and dark rainforest, extremely hidden or camouflaged. Comes occasionally to the light traps.


Recently at the light, I thought a Rothschildia (which I never had seen before) would be nice, some minutes later sheet and terrasse was trembling, the sheet due to the moth and the terrasse due to my jippieh jumping... Since we (two friends from facebook) were the only guests at the lodge, we could install the full light trap equippement on the terrace in front of the lobby/restaurant. I was very happy, that Jim brought his mercury vapour lamp with him. In Europe it is no more possible to buy them.

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Great find bayucca,beautiful,i like your atract equipement and the place is... paradise :-) congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations bayucca, this jewel from Ecuador, never seen before on Project Noah, is our Spotting of the Day!

"Stunning with pink frosting highlights and cellophane-like eyespots, this Rothschildia moth subspecies endemic to Ecuador is our Spotting of the Day! Rothschildia inca incecuatoriana is found in dense, dark rainforest. Usually hard to see, it occasionally comes to light traps. Rothschildia is a genus of New World moths in the family Saturniidae, a family of Lepidoptera which contains some of the largest species of moths in the world".



DanielePralong 2 years ago

Beauty! Great to see the sheet! Happy New Year Domi!

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Napo, Ecuador

Spotted on Dec 6, 2017
Submitted on Jan 2, 2019

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