Royal Moth from Costa Rica

Subject: A moth that reminds me of a golden retriever
Location: Guanacaste province, Costa Rica
September 15, 2016 5:20 am
This one has stumped me for a few days, it appeared on my terrace in September in North- pacific Costa Rica.
A friend tells me it’s an imperial moth but their range stops about 900 miles north of where this picture was taken (and pictures of imperial moths don’t show a big fluffy head or striped body).
Any guidance would be appreciated!
Signature: EC

Royal Moth: Citheronia lobesis
Royal Moth: Citheronia lobesis

Dear EC,
We believe we have correctly identified your Royal Moth as
Citheronia lobesis, but we would like to verify that with Bill Oehlke.  We would also request that you allow Bill to post your images to his own very comprehensive web site.  You can compare your images to the ones posted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute site.

Royal Moth
Royal Moth

Bill Oehlke Responds
Yes, lobesis, probably a female. Please also get date if you can???

THanks a million!
Sure you can post. Looking forward to Bills response!
Compared to the smithsonian pic it looks like a match! Thanks!


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