Saturnid Rothscgilidia
Hi Bugman
I recently followed the life cycle of a 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?

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 an accurate 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.

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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3 Responses to Mating Rothschildia Silk Moths from Mexico

  1. angie says:

    Please help me!!! I believe a rothschildia came to my house an laid eggs… now eggs are hatched (40)… many of my cat have died because of my ignorance, didn’t know about what to feed them, stressing them, molting. etc….. until now I had 10 but I think I just killed one (the oldest one) 🙁 (so sad) because I hurt her without knowing that maybe she is about to start a metamorphosis…. please… i love them!!! they were born between the 12th and 18th july… today is the 31…. what now… No one answers !!! Please let me know how to take care of them… i know nothing about butterflies !!!

  2. lilia nacimento says:

    Me podrían ayudar por que tengo dos mariposa con estas características en mi casa y pusieron huevos y no se que hacer con ellos, si me pueden ayudar desde ya muchas gracias .

    • bugman says:

      Hola Lilia,
      Por favor perdona, como el español no es el mejor. Si tuvieras las polillas de seda Rothschildia ponen huevos, lo harán probablemente escotilla dentro de una semana y tendrá que proporcionar las orugas jóvenes con comida. Algunos te deja intento alimentar las orugas puede incluir: Ailanthus altissima o árbol del cielo, Ligustrum o Privet, Quercus o Robles y Syringa vulgaris o Lila común.

      Hi Lilia,
      Please forgive as our Spanish is not the best. If you had Rothschildia Silk Moths lay eggs, they will likely hatch within a week and you will need to provide the young caterpillars with food. Some leaves you might try feeding the caterpillars include: Ailanthus altissima or Tree of Heaven, Ligustrum or Privet, Quercus or Oak and Syringa vulgaris or Common lilac.

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