Mating Rothschildia Silk Moths from Mexico - What's That Bug?

Posted December 28, 2017

Saturnid Rothscgilidia
Hi Bugman
I recently followed the cycle of moth in the wild in Queretaro, Mexico.120 miles north of Mexico City. Two cacoons hatched 4 weeks ago and I captured them mating. I am attaching photos. I was intrigued by the comments on the Saturnid Rothschilidia reported from Brazil then challenged. Judging from my photos I seem to have an almost identical example from semitropical central Mexico. What do you think?
Clint

Hi Clint,
We have just logged onto the World's Largest Saturniidae Site for the first time in an attempt to properly identify your mating Rothschildia species, and we must say that our identification is beyond our means. Hazarding a guess, we will take a stab at Rothschildia lebeau aroma. Perhaps Bill Oehlke will come to our rescue.

Mating Rothschildia Silk Moths from Mexico - What's That Bug?
Mating Rothschildia Silk Moths from Mexico - What's That Bug?

Daniel,
It is Rothschildia cincta guerreronis, sometimes elevated to Rothschildia guerreronis. Note strong presence of white scaling on forewing, just inside the marginal area, also some white scaling on hindwing in corresponding area. Many of the Rothschildia are very hard to id. ... Thanks for sending images. Very nice.
Bill Oehlke

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