Subject: Moth identification?
Location: Southeastern Alabama
June 24, 2016 5:34 pm
Found this little guy parked below my mailbox this afternoon.
This is one of the Giant Silkmoths in the genus Callosamia. We believe it is the Sweetbay Silkmoth, Callosamia securifera, and according to BugGuide: “This species is subject to some seasonal variation. Typically, the Spring forms are lighter and brighter and the summer generations are usually darker and/or more washed out in appearance.”
Bill Oehlke weighs in on identification:
Could be either angulifera or securifera. If encountered flying during the day, this male would definitely be securifera.