Giant Silkmoths from Costa Rica

Location:  Monteverde, Costa Rica
September 9, 2010 6:15 pm
I was wondering if you could identify this species of moth for me. I saw them in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
Signature:  Danielle

Rothschildia orizaba

Hi Danielle,
These moths are Giant Silkmoths in the genus Rothschildia.  There are several different species found in Central America, and we believe your specimens are
Rothschildia orizaba orizaba, one of the four species known to fly in Costa Rica.  We identified a specimen back in 2008BugGuide reports two species in the genus Rothschildia from Southern Texas and Arizona.

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